Don’t put off the flu vaccination – it’s free because you need it
Flu vaccination is part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign, a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, to help the public ward off common winter illnesses.
The campaign targets those over 65 and those with long-term health conditions to take up the offer of the free flu vaccine. These people are at particular risk from flu and the flu vaccination is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus. That’s why the flu jab is free for those who need it.
If you are eligible for the flu vaccine get it now – it’s free because you need it. Contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife to get the flu jab.
Visit nhs.uk/staywell for more information.
The Stay Well This Winter Campaign is a joint initiative, from NHS England and Public Health England, to help people with long-term conditions and those over 65 prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses.
How to Stay Well This Winter
Cold weather can be very harmful, especially for people aged 65 or older: it weakens the immune system, increases blood pressure, thickens the blood and lowers body temperature, increasing risks of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and chest infections. For those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD); bronchitis; emphysema; diabetes or heart and kidney problems, cold weather and winter illnesses such as flu can make health problems like these far worse.
There are a number of things which can help people prepare against the cold weather.
It is important to keep warm in winter both indoors and outdoors as it can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. Heat your home to at least 18C (65F) if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer.
At the first signs of a cough or cold get help from your pharmacist before it gets more serious, and make sure you speak to your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock to help you and your family through the winter season. Make sure you pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start, as many pharmacies will close over the holidays.
The free flu vaccination is particularly important for those who are at increased rick from the effects of flu. These include people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and those with a long-term health condition. You can if you are eligible at www.nhs.uk/staywell
You can also download a Winter Wrapped Up guide (link below) from Age UK which contains lots of practical advice and suggestions for how to stay as healthy, safe and as comfortable as possible this winter.