​​​​​​Get ready for winter

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Help Us, Help You S​tay Well This Winter

​Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or older and those with long-term conditions. The cold and damp weather, ice, snow and high winds can all aggravate existing health problems and make us more vulnerable to illnesses that are more common in winter.

Make sure you get your flu jab

The flu virus strikes in winter and it can be far more serious than you think. Flu can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia and it can be deadly.

That's why the flu jab is free if you're aged 65 or over, or if you have a long-term health condition. If you have children or grandchildren aged two, three or four, or in school years one or two, they are eligible for a free flu vaccination.

If you are the main carer of an older or disabled person, you may also be eligible for the free flu jab. Just speak to your GP practice or local pharmacy. Flu jabs are also available for a small fee to those not eligible for a free one vaccination. Ask for details at your pharmacy.

Also, don't forget that if you're aged 65 or over, you are eligible for the pneumococcal vaccine, which will help protect you from pneumococcal diseases such as pneumonia.

Click here ​for more information on the flu vaccine.