Don’t wait for winter, get your flu jab

The seasonal flu virus is a highly contagious illness that can be equally as deadly as Covid-19. Due to the likelihood of both viruses circulating this autumn/winter, it is important we do all we can to protect our health and the health of those around us. Fortunately, the currently available flu vaccine can offer protection from this unpleasant virus.

Every winter, many people with long-term conditions or those with caring roles, either paid or unpaid, miss out on a free flu vaccine. People who are cared for may be in a high-risk group, potentially making them more vulnerable to the complications of flu, having your flu jab will help keep them and others safe. FREE flu vaccination for those eligible can be requested at their local GP practice or pharmacy

The Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton clinical commissioning group in collaboration with Public Health are urging all eligible Carers to have the flu jab before winter. It is important to note that even if you don’t suffer from the effects of flu yourself, the virus can still be passed on to those around you.

Very cold weather-tips to keep you warm

Cold weather can affect your health. Follow these tips to keep you, your family and those around you warm and well in cold weather:

  • Block out draughts: draw your curtains at dusk and keep your doors closed.
  • Keep energy levels up: have regular hot drinks and eat at least one hot meal a day if possible.
  • Wrap up warm: wear several light layers of warm clothes.
  • Keep as active in your home as possible.
  • Travel carefully in icy weather: wear shoes with a good grip; putting grit or cat litter on paths and driveways to lessen the risk of slipping; wait until the roads have been gritted if you’re travelling by car.
  • If you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, you should heat your home to at least 18C. Keep your bedroom at this temperature all night and during the day, you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer.
  • Make sure you are receiving any benefits you are entitled to, such as the ‘Winter Fuel Payment’ and ‘Cold Weather Payment’.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be more vulnerable to cold weather.