As the days are getting shorter and the temperature begins to fall, it is important that people are aware of the things they can do to keep themselves well.
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging residents across Lancashire to join the Flu Fighters and get their flu jabs to help prevent the spread of the virus and stay well this winter as part of a joint 'Stay Well This Winter" campaign between NHS England and Public Health England. The campaign encourages people to be aware of the simple yet effective things that can be done to make sure everyone is safe and healthy and is supported by some well-known celebrities including Barbara Windsor, Ainsley Harriott, Alan Davies and many more! The celebrities have been photographed in their woollies holding the letters W-I-N-T-E-R. Each letter represents an action people and their families can take to ensure they stay well over the winter months.
The latest data reveals that excess winter deaths contribute to about 1 in 20 of all deaths per year, with older people who may be frail, or who have existing long term health conditions, most at risk. The Stay Well This WINTER messages, which are aimed at these audiences and carers are:
- Warm: Keep your house warm this winter at least 18Â°C (65F)
- Immunisations: Get your flu vaccination
- Neighbours: Keep an eye on elderly neighbours and relatives
- Timely: Seek advice from a pharmacist at first sign of illness
- Enough: Pick up repeat prescriptions so you have enough while pharmacies/surgeries are closed
- Restock: Make sure you have enough food and medicine in the cupboards
Janet Davies, Service Integration Manager for the Immunisation and Vaccination Team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
"The campaign is a great way to get people thinking about the actions we can all take to make sure we keep ourselves and our families and neighbours safe this winter. The flu jab is a quick and effective way to help prevent the spread of the virus, particularly amongst the elderly and those in the 'at risk" category including those with long term illness or pregnant women. Children are now also being offered a nasal vaccine at schools across the country, the Trust was part of the national programme for this last year which was extremely successful.
"The essence of the campaign encourages us all to be prepared by collecting prescriptions in time, and using the knowledge of pharmacy staff at the first sign of illness particularly those prevalent this time of year. By following the WINTER messages we hope will ensure people stay safe and healthy this winter time."
Alan Davies, comedian and actor in Jonathan Creek, said:
"My priority, like all parents, is to make sure my children are happy and healthy, indeed, nobody wants to see their children ill, particularly when there are things we can do to prevent it. The Stay Well This Winter campaign has lots of advice about things you can do to keep yourself and your family well this winter, one of which is to make sure your children are vaccinated against flu. Not only will the vaccination, which is available for free to children aged 2, 3 and 4 and in school years 1 and 2, help to protect them against flu, it will also help to minimise the risk of it spreading it to more vulnerable people like grandparents. So don"t put it off, speak to your doctor or visit www.nhs.uk/staywell; it"s such an easy thing to do."
You can find out more information about getting your flu vaccine by contacting your GP or visiting your local pharmacy. For details on the Stay Well This Winter campaign please visit www.nhs.uk/staywell