Brits are being urged to get their winter flu vaccine ahead of what could be a difficult winter for the NHS.

The flu vaccine gives the best protection against flu.

Flu vaccines help protect against the main types of flu viruses, although there's still a chance you might get flu.

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If you do get flu after vaccination, it's likely to be milder and not last as long.

Having the flu vaccine will also stop you from spreading the flu to other people who may be more at risk of serious problems from the flu.

It can take 10 to 14 days for the flu vaccine to work.

The NHS offers a free flu vaccine for certain people.

Am I eligible for free flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who:

You can have the NHS flu vaccine at your GP surgery, a pharmacy offering the service, your midwifery service if you're pregnant or during a hospital appointment.

If you are not eligible for a free flu vaccine, you can book privately at a pharmacist or supermarket for around £14.99.

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