Winter conditions can be seriously bad for some people, especially for people aged 65 or over, and people with long-term conditions. This year, the NHS is working together to help protect you and those you care for.
Have you had your flu jab?
The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get the flu jab. If you are in a risk group, are pregnant or aged over 65 or over, it is really important to get vaccinated; contact your GP surgery and make an appointment.
Am I in an ‘at risk’ group?
At risk groups cover those with a long term health condition, i.e. diabetes, those with a weakened immune system (e.g. HIV or cancer patients), heart disease, chronic respiratory disease (e.g. severe asthma, COPD, bronchitis), kidney disease, liver disease, chronic neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and people in long stay residential homes.
Children / Parents of children under five year’s old
This year, the National Flu Vaccination programme will offer all children up to year one and two a nasal spray vaccine. The annual administration of the flu vaccine to children is expected to reduce flu-related illness, GP consultations, hospital admissions and deaths. The vaccine will not only protect healthy children from flu, but will also help to reduce the spread of flu and protect others, such as younger siblings, grandparents and those who are at an increased risk of becoming seriously ill from flu.
If for any reason your child has not had the jab, please contact your GP and they will be able to vaccinate your child.
Stay Well This Winter - Information for Parents of Children Under Five Years Old
Young children can suffer from a number of illnesses brought on by the colder weather, including Bronchiolitis, and Diarrhoea and vomiting. To download leaflets to support you, please visit our Parent’s Choose Well page.
Find out more about Stay Well This Winter.