An introduction to Stay Well This Winter

People vulnerable to winter illnesses should stay well this winter by taking simple measures to protect themselves.

If you have a long term health condition or are aged over 65, cold weather can be seriously bad for your health. Make sure you get your flu jab, and your home should be at least 18ºC or 65ºF. If you start to feel unwell, even if it is just a cough or a cold, get help from your pharmacist before it gets more serious. 

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Stay Well This Winter – find out more about the flu vaccine

It is better to have the flu vaccine as soon as it is available. The flu virus changes so you need a new flu vaccine each year. Children can have the vaccine too; a nasal spray is free for all children aged 2, 3 and 4 years old. Children in Years 1 and 2 will also receive the nasal spray in school. Pregnant women also need the flu jab. 

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Why it's important to get the flu vaccine this winter

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer talks about why it's important to get the flu vaccine this winter.

Flu is infectious, and the best way to protect yourself is with a vaccination. Small children, elderly people and those with at-risk health problems such as cardiovascular disease, heart problems, lung problems and neurological problems are particularly at risk, as are pregnant women. The vaccine is free for at-risk groups on the NHS. You can go to your GP for it or, if you are over 18, to your local pharmacist if they have a private room to give it. Children below school age can go to their GP; those in Years 1 and 2 will get it at school. The vaccine for children is in the form of a nasal spray, so it is not unpleasant! 

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Ealing CCG have produced a Stay Well This Winter ad for Desi Radio. This Punjabi language radio station is based in Southall and broadcasts to Ealing, Hounslow, Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Harrow, on 1602 AM as well as on satellite channel 0169.