Remember to Order Your Prescription Early to Cover the Christmas and New Year Period.
This helps to combat any delays or hold-ups that can occur due to the holidays.
Christmas Jumper Day
On Tuesday 17th December, we are taking part in Christmas Jumper Day, in order to support Save the Children. Feeling free to join us by wearing your own Christmas jumper in the surgery on the day!
Child Flu Appointments Now Available. Contact Reception To Book.
Our Child Flu Clinic will commence in November. Please go online or contact Reception to book an appointment.
Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you're otherwise healthy, it'll usually clear up on its own within a week.
But flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:
- children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS to:
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2019
- children in primary school
- frontline health or social care workers
Which type of flu vaccine should I have?
There are several types of flu vaccine. You'll be offered the one that's most effective for your age:
- children aged 2 to 17 in an eligible group are offered a live attenuated quadrivalent vaccine (LAIV), given as a nasal spray
- adults aged 18 to 64 who are either pregnant or at increased risk from flu because of a long-term health condition, are offered a quadrivalent injected vaccine – the vaccine offered will have been grown either in eggs or cells (QIVe or QIVc), which are considered to be equally suitable
- adults aged 65 and over will be offered either an adjuvanted trivalent injected vaccine grown in eggs (aTIV) or a cell-grown quadrivalent injected vaccine (QIVc) – both vaccines are considered to be equally suitable.
If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old and is in a high-risk group for flu, they'll be offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2.
How to Stay Well This Winter
Ask your pharmacist what medicines should be in your cabinet and how to help you and your family get through the winter season.
Many over-the-counter medicines (including paracetamol and ibuprofen) are available to relieve symptoms of common winter ailments such as cold, sore throat, cough, sinusitis or painful middle ear infection (earache). Always seek advice from your pharmacist at the first sign of a cough or cold before it gets more serious.
It is also important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors. Keeping warm over the winter months can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.
Heat your home to at least 18C (65F). You might prefer your main living room to be slightly warmer.
Keep your bedroom window closed on winter nights – breathing cold air can be bad for your health as it increases the risk of chest infections.
Keep active when you're indoors. Try not to sit still for more than an hour or so. Wear several layers of light clothes. They trap warm air better than one bulky layer.
Make sure you're receiving all the help that you're entitled to. Learn how to make your home more energy-efficient, improve your heating and keep up with your energy bills at www.gov.uk/phe/keep-warm.
And check your heating and cooking appliances are safe. Contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to make sure these are operating properly.
Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.
Flu is very infectious and spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.
To reduce the risk of spreading flu:
- Use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
- Wash your hands often with warm water and soap
- Bin used tissues as quickly as possible
Protect yourself, your family and friends against the spread of antibiotic resistance.
What is antibiotic resistance?
Antibiotics treat infections by killing bacteria but now bacteria are fighting back. Our medicines are becoming less effective which means more complications for people receiving treatment in hospital. We have to tackle this problem before it gets worse.
How this Happened
There are many reasons why antibiotics lose their effectiveness, but there are two key ones:
Firstly, we take medicines that we don’t need. Antibiotics don’t help most colds or coughs get better but we still request antibiotics for them.
Secondly, we make things worse when we don’t take antibiotics exactly as prescribed, for instance, missing doses. Never save antibiotics for future use or give them to someone else.
What Can I Do?
Antibiotics are some of our most precious medicines, used to treat both humans and animals. Appropriate use of antibiotics will slow down the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Don’t ask for antibiotics; treat your cold and flu symptoms with pharmacist advice and over the counter medicines.
For more information please visit www.nhs.uk
Please be aware that the Surgery will be closed on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 1.00 – 2.00 pm for Staff Training.