residents urged to get flu jabs by stretched NHS
County Councils Public Health and NHS teams have this week
reminded residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area that getting your
flu jab and self-care are the best ways to stay well this winter.
long waiting times at local hospitals, the NHS says its wants the
public's help in alleviating pressure on the services.
Grant, Somerset Director of Public Health, is reminding people of
the simple things they can do to help make this winter a healthy
brings with it a whole range of illnesses and ailments such as flu,
coughs and colds and Norovirus, the winter vomiting bug," she
is always better than cure so if you start to feel unwell, at the
very first sign of a winter illness, even if it is just a cough
or cold, please get advice from your well qualified pharmacist before
it gets more serious. Try and eat warm food and drink hot drinks,
heat homes to at least 18 degrees and keep active to keep warm."
and flu viruses are spread when you breathe in droplets that are
coughed or sneezed out by an infected person. You can also catch
a cold or flu by touching an infected object or surface and then
touching your eyes and nose. So making sure we all practice good
hand hygiene by washing your hands often with warm water and soap
and coughing or sneezing into a tissue and throwing it away quickly
will help to keep the germ bugs at bay."
Christine Lawrence, Somerset County Councils Cabinet Member
for Public Health and Wellbeing, added: "Please keep an eye
out for elderly relatives and neighbours and support them in the
cold weather to stay well this winter."
you start to feel unwell, but are generally fit and healthy, you
can usually manage the symptoms of a cold or flu yourself without
seeing your GP. To help you get better quicker, just rest and sleep,
keep warm, drink plenty of water (fruit juice or squash mixed with
water is fine) to avoid dehydration and gargle salt water to soothe
a sore throat."
having a well-stocked medicine cabinet and making the most of your
well qualified local pharmacist to treat minor ailments will all
help to relieve pressure on the NHS."
Ed Ford, a Somerset GP and Chair of Somerset Clinical Commissioning
Group, added: "Family doctors are seeing high numbers of elderly
patients with symptoms of colds and flu. The elderly, their carers
and people living with long-term health problems should get a flu
vaccination if they have not already had one. If you start to feel
unwell, stay at home and manage your symptoms. Please dont
risk infecting others by visiting people in hospitals or care homes."
you are eligible for the flu vaccine and havent had your vaccination
yet dont put it off - ask your GP about the free flu vaccine
you are unwell, you should carefully consider the best place to
get treatment. Accident and Emergency (A&E) is for life threatening
and serious injury only, but there are a range of other options
that could suit your needs including your local pharmacy, Somerset
Minor Injury Units or calling the national 111 service. Visit nhs.uk/staywell
for more details on how to help you and your family to stay well