Winter is almost upon us and now is the time to think about what you can do to stay safe and well over the colder, darker months ahead.
One of the most important things you can do is to follow the guidance you are given on the vaccinations you should receive.
This year there is an update to the list of those who are eligible for the free Flu vaccine which is crucial to keeping you well and helping you avoid a stay in hospital.
The list includes:
- all children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2021
- those aged 6 months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups
- pregnant women
- those aged 50 years and over
- those in long-stay residential care homes
- close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- frontline health and social care staff employed by:
- a registered residential care or nursing home
- registered domiciliary care provider
- a voluntary managed hospice provider
- Direct Payment (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants.
If you are entitled to a free Flu jab, you will be contacted by your GP who will advise you on what to do to make an appointment and how this will be scheduled if you also need a Covid jab.
The NHS has produced the leaflet ‘The Flu Vaccination, who should have it and why’ which contains all you need to know about being protected from Flu this year.
Remember, if you feel unwell and think you need to use our services, your local pharmacy can treat minor ailments or you can get advice from our 111 service by telephone or online. If you think your condition is serious or life threatening then do call 999.
Do Stay Well This Winter!