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Stay Well This Winter

10 October 2017

Medway Council is urging residents to protect themselves against flu this winter.

The council is supporting the Stay Well This Winter campaign, an initiative from NHS England and Public Health England to help people look after their health this winter. One of the best ways to protect yourself is to have your annual flu jab. The colder months bring a greater risk of the flu and, following an epidemic in Australia, residents are being encouraged to have the vaccine.

Book your flu jab now

If you are in one of the groups below, contact your GP or pharmacist to book your free vaccination:
• People aged 65 and older
• People with health conditions including diabetes, severe asthma, long term problems with the heart, liver, kidney or breathing problems or problems with the nervous system
• Pregnant women
• Carers
• Children aged between two and eight (by nasal spray)
• People living in residential care homes
• Individuals with learning disabilities

'Getting the flu vaccination early is the best thing you can do'

James Williams, Medway’s Director of Public Health, said: “For the majority of people who catch it, flu is an extremely unpleasant but time limited illness. Yet for others, it can lead to chest infections, severe complications which in some unfortunate cases can be life threatening. Getting the flu vaccination early is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family this winter. I would urge everyone who is eligible for a free vaccine to book an appointment now.”

'Children can spread flu around the whole family'

Cllr David Brake, Portfolio Holder in charge of Public Health, said: “I would particularly encourage parents of two and three year olds to book a flu vaccination for their child. As well as being unpleasant for the child, children can spread flu around the whole family. I will be joining the fight against flu by having a vaccination this year.”

Get tips on how to Stay Well This Winter in Medway. Read more about flu.