People at risk of developing complications from catching flu are being encouraged to get their vaccination early.
Some groups of people are at particular risk from the more serious effects of flu. They are older people, the very young, pregnant women, people with conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease and people who have a weakened immune system.
These groups are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination, as are all two to four-year-olds. The jab is free for carers so that they can protect themselves from passing flu to the person they care for.
To find out if you are eligible for a free vaccination and to book your appointment, contact your GP.