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Winter campaign starts with largest flu vaccination programme


Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England launch a major campaign to help people stay well over the winter months.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign begins with a national flu vaccination programme for children. This year the programme
is being extended to children in school years 1 and 2, and aims
to help 3 million children between the ages of 2 and 6.

For the first time, the youngest primary school children in 17,000
schools will be eligible to receive the free nasal spray vaccine,
making this the largest school-based vaccination programme ever
in England.

As in previous years, the adult flu vaccine will also be offered for
free to those in groups at particular risk of infection and complications from flu. The groups being offered the adult flu vaccine are:

  • pregnant women
  • those aged 65 or over
  • those aged under 65 with long-term conditions
  • people who receive a carer’s allowance or who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if they are ill

As well as protecting against flu, the NHS Stay Well this Winter campaign will give advice on how to avoid common illness to people over 65 or those with long-term health conditions, such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease or respiratory illness.

The campaign’s messages are:

  • make sure you get the flu jab if eligible
  • keep yourself warm - heat your home to least 18 degrees C (or 65F) if you can
  • if you start to feel unwell, even if it’s just a cough or a cold, then get help from your pharmacist quickly before it gets more serious
  • make sure you get your prescription medicines before pharmacies close on Christmas Eve
  • always take your prescribed medicines as directed

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