Dudley MP Ian Austin is urging local people to get their flu jab and find out more about how they can stay well this winter.
The Stay Well This Winter campaign being run by Public Health England and NHS England aims to raise awareness of the vulnerability of the elderly and those with long-term health conditions at winter among family, friends and carers. Advice includes:
- If you suffer from a long term health condition like emphysema, bronchitis, diabetes, heart or kidney disease, are aged 65 or over, or are pregnant, get the free flu vaccine now
- If you’re a parent of a child aged 2 -7, ensure your child is vaccinated against flu. Children aged 2, 3 and 4 can get the vaccination from their GP. Parents of children in school years 1, 2 and 3 are asked to give permission for their child to receive the free nasal spray vaccination at school
- Seek immediate advice from your pharmacist at the first sign of winter illnesses, before it gets too serious
- Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can
- Keep an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours
The campaign emphasises the role that pharmacies can play in offering flu vaccinations and tackling winter illnesses early.
Further information on local families can stay well this winter is available at nhs.uk/staywell.
Ian Austin said:
"It’s really important that if you are a pensioner, or suffer from a long term condition, or have children between 2 and 7 that you stay well this winter.
"The NHS recommends getting a free flu jab if you’re at risk, and getting advice from a pharmacist at the first sign of a winter illness."