I haven’t done much, by way of exercise, over the past week due to contracting a cold. I’ve had headaches and a sore throat, along with a slight sniffle, which combined have been more of an annoyance more than anything, but have seemingly knocked me out of my stride with the jogging.

I don’t suffer with Colds and Flu very often, for which I put down to receiving a flu vaccination each year (due to my asthma). My next injection of the flu vaccine is scheduled for later this month. It has been claimed that the new concoction combines four different flu strains and a special ingredient that boosts the immune system, and is said to be more effective than previous.

The vaccine is available now in England, and Public Health England say it could reduce GP consultations by 30,000, hospital visits by more than 2,000 and prevent more than 700 hospital deaths.

Last year flu took a big toll, particularly of older people. “Each year there are on average around 8,000 deaths from flu but last year there were about 15,000, significantly more than we usually see,” said Prof Paul Cosford, PHE’s medical director.

  • Fingers crossed that the vaccine works as promised 🤞

I’m hoping to get back to my running in the next couple of days, and I’m really curious at what the impact of me not striding away has had. At a guess, I’ll feel completely shattered.

Bill Gates: The worst pandemic in modern history was the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed tens of millions of people. Today, with how interconnected the world is, it would spread faster.