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Stay Well This Winter

Stay Well This Winter

Flu jab reminder

A national Stay Well This Winter campaign will start in October to help those with long-term health conditions, those over 65, pregnant women and parents of under-sevens stay well and keep their loved ones well this winter.

This campaign will help people stay well this winter by recommending a course of action to help keep themselves well, these include:

The campaign activity will raise awareness of these actions so together we can help everyone stay well this winter.

For more information visit http://www.nhs.uk/staywell/

In the winter months we see more cases of flu and viruses that can become serious in children, the elderly and those with pre-existing or long term health conditions. No-one wants to end up in hospital, and there are steps to take to try and prevent falling ill over the winter months.

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 Stay Well This Winter flu activity will run across England encouraging parents of children aged 2, 3 and 4 and in school years 1, 2 and 3 to have their children vaccinated with the free nasal spray vaccine.

The campaign also targets pregnant women 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 pregnant women and people with long-term health conditions. 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.

For children aged 2, 3 and 4, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick nasal spray available through your GP. This year children in school years 1, 2 and 3 are also eligible for the nasal spray administered at school in most parts of the country and via GP surgeries in some areas.

Visit www.nhs.uk/staywell for more information, or see the documents below.

Norovirus

The norovirus, or winter vomiting bug, is an extremely infectious bug that causes sickness and diarrhoea. It can strike any time of year but is more common in winter and in places such as hotels and schools. It is important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Young children and the elderly are especially at risk. If you have sickness or diarrhoea avoid contact with the elderly, children or people who are already ill with a serious or long term condition. Stay at home and if you are normally fit and healthy the nororvirus should only last a few days.

Keep warm. Keep well

People who are unable to move around to generate heat, such as the elderly or those who are ill, are at risk of developing hypothermia during the winter months. Babies are also at risk because their bodies have not fully developed the ability to regulate temperature. Anyone who spends long periods in the cold, without wearing appropriate warm clothing, can also be at risk - particularly after drinking a lot of alcohol. If someone who has been exposed to the cold is distressed, confused, has slow, shallow breathing or is unconscious, they may have severe hypothermia. In this case, dial 999 immediately to request an ambulance. If possible, keep an eye on elderly or ill neighbours and relatives to ensure that their home is warm during cold weather.