You still need your flu jab even if you're healthy

Zoe Williams

Dr. Zoe Williams works along side Public Health England as a clinical champion for physical activity and is the founder of Fit4Life. Dr. Williams is also featured on BBC Two's 'Trust me I'm a Doctor' and appears on ITV's 'This Morning'. 

As a doctor, I’m a great advocate of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. It’s something I encourage in my patients but it’s also something I’m passionate about myself. And for me, part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is receiving my yearly flu jab.

Many people think that being fit and healthy will spare them from the flu, but everyone is susceptible. Having a balanced diet and being active has many benefits, but getting your flu jab the best way of ensuring you are protected against getting the flu.

Flu is extremely contagious. It can be transmitted without any symptoms, so even though you may feel fit and healthy, you could still be carrying the virus.

Many people think flu is only spread by coughing and sneezing, but it can also be spread through the surfaces you touch. Research shows that the flu virus can live on these surfaces for upwards of 24 hours, it’s scary when you think how many places you go and people you interact with every day!

As a doctor, my job involves interacting with patients most days, some of who are extremely vulnerable. By getting my flu jab, I can be sure that any contact doesn’t endanger them or me, and I also know I’m not unwittingly spreading the virus to my colleagues, friends and family.

My advice to you is to protect yourself, and those around you by getting your yearly flu jab.

Read more about the evidence for the flu jab 

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