These school holidays are a good time to get your children their annual flu shot. Influenza causes serious illness and spreads rapidly in a school environment and from there into homes and the wider community. Our young people can also be vulnerable as their immune system may never have had to fight a flu infection. To reduce the spread and the impact of flu on our young people, seasonal influenza vaccination is again being offered free in Canterbury to anyone from 6 months to 18 years of age. Vaccination is the only effective protection against the flu and is available through your General Practice team now. Get flu strong this winter.