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Flu Vaccination

Looking after someone who can’t get by without your help?, aim to be flu-proof this winter with a free NHS 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. See this leaflet for more information. You can get a flu jab from your GP surgery or by visiting a local pharmacy. Visit the following link for a list of local participating pharmacies. https://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200745/health_advice/203/flu/8

Cold Weather Alert

Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

The Met Office has issued a level 2 cold weather alert for the South East region, this means there is a 60% chance of severe winter weather between 2100 on Monday 28th November and 1500 on Friday 2nd December.

Level 2: Severe winter weather is forecast – Alert and readiness

Mean temperature of 2°C and/or widespread ice and heavy snow are predicted within 48 hours, with 80% confidence.

  • Have regular contact with vulnerable people and neighbours you know to be at risk in cold weather – ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their home adequately. Homes should be heated to at least 18°C to minimise risk to health.
  • Stay tuned into the weather forecast, and ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance (have deliveries or ask a friend to help).
    Take the weather into account when planning your activity over the following days.
  • Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold-related illness or falls.
  • Discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby, if you are unable to do this yourself.

If you want more information about how cold weather can affect your health please visit www.nhs.uk. If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, advice can be obtained from www.nhs.uk/winterhealth, NHS 111 or your local pharmacist.

Information taken from Met Office.

FREE flu vaccine

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Do you have, or care for someone, with a learning disability?

They, and you, are entitled to a FREE flu vaccine.

See attached easy-read leaflet about flu.

Anyone can catch flu. Flu is caused by a bug called a virus. Flu can make you, your loved one or the person you care for feel ill. If someone is very ill with the flu they might even have to go to hospital.

Having the flu jab can help stop you from catching the flu and passing it onto other people. The jab is free to people with a learning disability and their carer(s).

The flu jab is a quick and easy injection. After the jab you may feel a bit hot, have a sore arm and ache a bit, but you would feel a lot worse if you caught the flu.

  • See your doctor, nurse or a pharmacist to get the free flu jab
  • Don’t wait – get the flu jab as soon you can
  • The flu jab is free because you need it. If you get very ill you might even need to go to hospital.
  • The flu jab is an injection in your arm. Don’t let this stop you. The doctor, nurse or pharmacist will look after you.
  • The flu jab is very quick and can protect you from getting very ill.
  • Care for someone with a learning disability? Get the flu jab so you do not get ill or pass the virus on.
  • If you are terrified of needles, ask your doctor about the nasal vaccine.

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