Stay well this winter
Stay Well this Winter campaign is a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England and aims to encourage people to keep well by taking precautions and using the right services so they’re less likely to be admitted to hospital over winter.
The campaign encourages those who are at particular risk from flu, to take up their offer of a free flu vaccination. Those eligible for a free flu jab include:
- Older people aged 65 and over
- Parents of children of 2-3 year olds and in reception years 1 to 4 (ie born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2013)
- People with long term conditions
- Pregnant women
Stay Well this Winter also provides information to help those with long-term conditions and those over 65 prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses.
For those with long term health conditions such as COPD; bronchitis, emphysema; diabetes; heart or kidney disease or for those who have suffered a stroke, cold weather, and winter illnesses such as flu, can make health problems like these far worse. Cold weather can also be very harmful for people age 65 or older: it weakens the immune system, increases blood pressure, thickens the blood and lowers body temperature, increasing risks of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and chest infections.
Whether you are someone who feels may benefit from this campaign or an organisation who would like to promote Stay Well this Winter, there’s a host of information and advice at www.nhs.uk/staywell. You can also download the information leaflets and posters on this page.
Did you know you can get your free flu vaccination at a pharmacy?
You don’t always have to go to your GP as pharmacies also offer free flu vaccines as well as other health advice and support. To find your nearest pharmacy offering this service, go to our Pharmacies offering free Flu vaccination list.