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The flu causes only mild illness in most people, but can lead to hospitalisation or even death in some cases1. If you are seriously overweight and catch the flu, you may be at greater risk of developing health complications than healthy people, e.g. bronchitis or pneumonia1. Obesity may also lead to heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases3, which may worsen flu-related complications2.
Protecting yourself from flu
The flu viruses predominantly circulate during the winter. So you should think about how to help protect yourself as the flu season approaches, as this is when you are most vulnerable.
Vaccination is the most effective way to avoid developing the flu4, and if you are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)1, you are eligible for a free flu vaccination on the NHS. You can calculate your BMI using an online BMI calculator that takes your weight, size, and other factors into account3.
Get vaccinated as soon as possible, ideally before the end of November, to ensure you’re protected right through the winter5.