Stay well this winter
As winter temperatures set in, public health officials in Nottinghamshire are reminding people of all ages to get the annual flu vaccination.
This year, as well as the usual vulnerable groups that include pregnant women, those aged 65 or over, residents in long-stay residential care homes, and people with long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, the flu jab campaign will look at all frontline care staff who are directly employed and those services commissioned by the County Council.
Carers are also eligible for the flu jab. When you’re caring for a partner, relative or friend who couldn’t get by without your help, keeping yourself well is really important. That’s why unpaid carers are offered a free NHS flu jab if they’re the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare would be at risk if they were ill. This includes people who receive Carers Allowance.
You can get the flu jab for free on the NHS from your local GP or community pharmacy if you fall into one of the at-risk categories. High street chemists and most of the leading supermarkets also offer the vaccination to any adult at varying costs. The seasonal flu jab is also being promoted to children aged 2, 3 and 4 and to children in reception, 1, 2, 3 and 4 as a free nasal spray.
A flu vaccination is needed every year as the flu virus is very clever and constantly changes. It is important for those who are eligible for the flu vaccine to have it.
Approximately 400 vulnerable people die in Nottinghamshire a year due to winter weather and its impact on their health.
Cold homes can have a significant impact on your health. One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm.
Our meals at home service supplies a range of over 70 fresh and nutritious hot and frozen meals from locally sourced ingredients. Meals are delivered direct to your home to help you stay living independently.
Ageing increases your chance of having a fall. As you get older your bones may become more fragile and break easier if you have a fall.
There is a range of support available across Nottinghamshire to help you prevent falls and stay healthy.
Check on elderly, vulnerable neighbours and relatives. Cold weather is especially dangerous for older people or people with a serious illness.
Help out where possible to ensure your vulnerable family, friends or neighbours are as comfortable as possible this winter.