According to research done at Imperial College London, the flu virus can be passed on before you even start having symptoms making it increasingly important for people to get vaccinated. It is especially important for elderly patients and those suffering from some chronic/long term illnesses such as asthma to be vaccinated in the Autumn.
In addition, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is raising awareness of what people can do to prevent spreading the virus and symptoms to look out for.
Hazel Richards, director of nursing at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Seasonal flu is a highly infectious virus and can easily be passed on by coming into contact with a carrier.
“Some people are more vulnerable to the effects of seasonal flu but it is important for everyone to get vaccinated to prevent the virus from spreading.”