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Protect yourself and your family this winter

With winter looming and a drop in temperature, flu incidents tend to be on the increase.  However, you can help to protect yourself and your family by having the flu jab.

For the majority of people, flu is an unpleasant, but not life-threatening illness. However, it can be very serious for older people and those groups at risk of developing complications including people with weakened immune systems, as well as underlying conditions such as neurological disorders, liver, lung or renal disease, heart problems or diabetes, the morbidly obese and pregnant women.

A free nasal spray vaccine is offered to two and three year old children and under-16s in ‘at risk’ groups. Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4 also receive this spray in school. Free vaccines are also offered to people with weakened immune systems and their household contacts, people living in long stay residential care homes and people who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person.

Don’t delay and contact your GP today to get your flu vaccination. Even if you had a vaccination last winter you need another one this year to stay safe from flu.  

Let’s help keep antibiotics working
Antibiotics don’t work for everything – that’s the message from the latest Public Health campaign which warns us that taking antibiotics unnecessarily causes dangerous bacteria to become resistant, which means they may not work when they are really needed.  

Many illnesses, including coughs, colds and sore throats are caused by viruses, and antibiotics do not work against viral infections like these.

Antibiotics are an important tool to help treat serious bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, meningococcal meningitis and sepsis and to help ward off infections during chemotherapy, caesarean sections and other surgery.

Always take your doctor’s advice on antibiotics.
For further information on antibiotic resistance, visit www.nhs.uk and search ‘antibiotics’.

Posted by With Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton on November 9th, 2017

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