Where to get advice on how to avoid flu, what to do if you get it and information on what happens if flu spreads.
Flu is highly contagious and is spread by coughs and diseases. It is not the same as having a common cold and you can catch it all year round, although it is much more common in the winter.
Protecting 'at risk' people with the flu vaccination
Prevention is better than cure, so if you are in an 'at risk' group and haven't already done so, you should call your GP about getting a free flu jab.
People classed as being 'at risk' include people with health conditions, even those that are well-managed, like asthma, diabetes, heart, lung, liver or renal disease; people with weakened immune systems; older people and pregnant women.
Major outbreaks of flu
If there is a major outbreak of flu, you will find information and advice on a number of websites, including NHS Choices and the following:
Department of Health
The Department of Health is the Government department for public health, the NHS and social care in England.
Public Health England
Public Health England protects public health by providing support and advice to the NHS, councils, the emergency services, the government and other agencies.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Resilience Forum
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Resilience Forum brings together the emergency services, councils and other organisations to deal with major emergencies and incidents, including large-scale flu outbreaks.