Looking after your health during the winter

Protect yourself from flu this winter #DoYourBit

It’s never been more important to have a flu vaccine. Flu spreads easily and it can be very serious and even kill. For some people flu can be as serious as COVID-19 and those most at risk from flu are also more vulnerable to COVID-19.You can #DoYourBit to protect yourself, your loved ones and the community by having the flu vaccination this winter and it is now available to more people than ever before.

Across the North East and North Cumbria, health and care organisations are working hard to roll out its biggest vaccine programme ever. And they are reassuring the public that it’s safe to have the flu vaccine – with strict infection control and social distancing measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when giving the vaccine.

The annual vaccine works by boosting antibodies, helping the body to fight off the virus, and it is free for people who are at increased risk from the effects of flu.

You should have the flu vaccine if you:- Are 65 years old or over- Are pregnant- Have certain medical conditions (aged 6 months to 64 years)- Are living in a long stay residential care home or another long-stay facility

Are living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)- Receive a carers allowance, or you’re the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.

The vaccine is also free on the NHS for some children including those aged 2-3years, all primary aged school children and year 7 pupils.

If you’re in an at-risk group, and aged 50-64, you should not delay having your flu vaccine. The vaccine may become available to other people aged 50 to 64 later in the year and information will be provided nearer the time.

For further information visit the Do Your Bit website.

Get Well for Winter

Get Well for Winter is a 12 week programme aimed at people with learning disability across the North East and Cumbria to help them get as well as possible this winter whilst we are living in a world with Covid19. Watch our film here to find out more information: