There is one simple thing you can do to give yourself a better chance of avoiding the illness altogether: get the flu shot every year.
“Vaccination is definitely the most effective way of preventing yourself from getting the flu,” says Dr Davies.
Everyone should get the flu vaccine every year – particularly those who are susceptible to the illness, like pregnant people, young kids, and the elderly. “It doesn't offer more than 12 months protection,” says Dr Davies, “and they change the vaccine yearly depending on the strains they think will be prevalent in the country and around the world.”
While contracting the flu might be inconvenient for you, it can be seriously dangerous for more vulnerable groups of people you come into contact with. “There are those out there that say it's not life or death, bit it could be for some people,” says Dr Davies.
So, if you haven’t had your shot this year, is it too late to visit your GP? Absolutely not. “The peak flu season is generally August/September time, so we're potentially not over the worst of it,” says Dr Davies. “But no, it's definitely not too late in the season to get a vaccine.”