Do your part to fight antibiotic resistance

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Public Health England warns that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk.

Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses, such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves.

Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.

As antibiotic resistance increases common procedures such as caesarean sections and hip replacements could become life-threatening without antibiotics to ward off infections. Cancer patients are also much more vulnerable if antibiotics don’t work; both cancer and the treatment (chemotherapy) reduce the ability of the immune system to fight infections and antibiotics are critical to both prevent and treat infections in these patients.

The ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign returns in October 2018 to remind you that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk. It’s important that, when it comes to antibiotics, you always take your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional’s advice.

For further information on antibiotic resistance visit

Don't let myths leave you floored by flu

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Flu myth buster 2018

Flu fighters launch myth buster to encourage people at risk to have their flu vaccine this autumn.

Flu vaccines, the subject of many myths, are a major defence in helping people with conditions like Asthma, Heart Disease and Diabetes, to stay well this winter. Thurrock’s public health team and the Clinical Commissioning Group are working together to fight the threat of flu with a series of myth busters and information to help people make an informed decision on their flu jab.

Last year Thurrock’s eligible population were under vaccinated, putting them at risk of serious health problems due to the flu. Flu can even be fatal.

New advice to support young families

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Healthcare leaders have introduced new advice to support families and children in managing common healthcare problems.

During the winter months many children suffer with common but often treatable conditions which can worsen if not treated correctly. The NHS is focusing on a message that is ‘Help us help you.”

Healthcare Leaders have come together to provide a guide to three common childhood health issues that parents can use to self-treat, visit their GP, or call NHS111 and know what to do in an emergency. The three illnesses are:

Peerfest is coming to Thurrock, Saturday 20th October!

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Peerfest is a national annual event celebrating the importance, power and diversity of peer support.


It’s a welcoming, inclusive and inspirational event bringing peers and their supporters together to network, share knowledge and best practice through workshops, creative activities, debate and The Marsh Awards.

Places are always popular so please click on the links below to book now for Peerfest 2018, either the daytime or evening events or both!

Peerfest 2018 Daytime

Peerfest 2018 Evening Music Event

What to expect

  • Inspiring workshops (details below)
  • Market place of stalls to explore
  • Join in the debate and be heard
  • Celebrate the Marsh Awards
  • Relax in our chill out space
  • Music and dance
  • Plenty of time to share knowledge and make new connections

The Backstage Centre, Vellacott Close, High House Production Park, Purfleet, RM19 1 RJ

20s and 30s cancer support meet-up

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If you’re in your 20s and 30s and have had a cancer diagnosis, why not come along to an informal meet-up at Ye Olde Smack in Leigh-on-Sea.

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Share your thoughts, feelings and experiences with people who have their own cancer experiences at an informal hang out. Newbies and plus ones are welcome.

The meet-up takes place at Ye Olde Smack on Monday 22 October 2018 from 7pm. For more information and to book a free place, click the link below:

Trekstock Essex Meet Up October