It is particularly important that the following groups ensure that they are immunised against flu infection:
- Persons over 60 years old
- Chronically ill persons (e.g. those suffering from heart disease, diabetes, asthma or chronic bronchitis)
- Persons with compromised immune systems
- Persons who frequently come into contact with other people and who are thus prone to a higher risk of infection (such as hospital and care home personnel and teachers)
What is flu immunisation?
A flu shot will protect you until next spring against infection with flu (influenza). Flu is spread by a virus and its symptoms include fever, circulatory problems and inflammation of the respiratory tract. Infection with flu can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia and myocarditis. Flu and its symptoms can be life-threatening, particularly for the elderly and people with chronic illnesses.
Your flu shot will not protect you against infection with the common cold.
How often do I need a flu shot?
You should get your flu shot every year in autumn or whenever there are indications that a flu epidemic may be on its way. You will be protected within some two weeks of receiving your shot.