Stay well this winter
The Stay Well This Winter campaign aims to ensure that people who are most at-risk of preventable emergency admission to hospital are aware of and, where possible, are motivated to take, actions that may avoid admission to hospitals this winter.
Opening times for pharmacies over Christmas and New Year can be found here.
This year, the campaign will be split into the following phases:
Flu vaccination: 10 October to 30 October 2016
Flu and First Signs: 7 November to 11 December 2016
Stock up and First Signs: 12 December to 25 December 2016
First Signs 26 December 2016 to 4 March 2017
Don’t put off the flu vaccination – it’s free because you need it
Flu vaccination is part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign, a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, to help the public ward off common winter illnesses.
The Stay Well This Winter flu activity will run across England encouraging parents of children aged 2, 3 and 4 and in school years 1, 2 and 3 to have their children vaccinated with the free nasal spray vaccine.
The campaign also targets pregnant women and those with long-term health conditions to take up the offer of the free flu vaccine. These people are at particular risk from flu and the flu vaccination is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus. That’s why the flu jab is free for pregnant women and people with long-term health conditions. If you are eligible for the flu vaccine get it now – it’s free because you need it. Contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife to get the flu jab.
For children aged 2, 3 and 4, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick nasal spray available through your GP. This year children in school years 1, 2 and 3 are also eligible for the nasal spray administered at school in most parts of the country and via GP surgeries in some areas.
Please make the right choice, watch this short video for guidance.
Visit nhs.uk/staywell for more information.