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Stay Well This Winter

Help us help you this winter by getting your flu vaccination

If you are eligible for the flu vaccine, get it now – it’s free because you need it.

Pregnant women, parents of children aged 2 and 3 years old and adults with underlying health conditions are being encouraged to organise having a flu vaccine for themselves or their child.

These groups are at particular risk from flu and vaccination is still the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus.

That’s why the flu vaccine is free – because eligible groups really need it. For most children, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick and easy nasal spray. Children aged 2 and 3 receive the vaccine through their GP and children in reception and up to year 6 get it in school. If you have a child who is in those age ranges, make sure you sign the consent form allowing them to have the flu vaccine at school.

Contact your general practice, pharmacist or midwife to get it. Visit the NHS flu vaccine webpages for more information.

You can still have a flu jab even if you aren't eligible for the free vaccine. Your local pharmacist, including those in supermarkets, can give you a flu jab for around £9. It will help to protect you from flu as well as any vulnerable people you might come in to contact with. If we reduce the number of people who get sick over the winter we can also help reduce the pressure on our hopsitals. 

Antibiotics won't help you get rid of flu if you do catch it, so visit your local pharmacist for help and advice and save a trip to your GP.

NHS Choices has a really helpful section on their website which looks at 10 common myths about having the flu vaccine.

This winter Cornwall Council are offering flu vaccines to all our social care staff, to help protect the vulnerable people in our communities, and also to make sure our staff are protected from catching the flu while they are working.

Think you need medical help right now? You can call NHS 111 where a fully trained advisor will advise on the best course of action.

NHS 111 is much more than a helpline. You can speak to fully trained advisors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, who can put you straight through to a relevant healthcare professionals, including nurses, emergency dentists, or even GPs.

The advisors can also arrange face-to-face appointments, and if you are assessed as needing an ambulance, one will be sent directly. Whatever the need is, NHS 111 will ensure that you get the right care, from the right person, as quickly as possible.

So, if you think you need urgent non-life-threatening medical help, call NHS 111. ‘Help Us Help You’ know what to do.

Visit the NHS 111 website for more information.

It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors, so if possible keep homes at least 18°C (65°F) and at the first sign of illness, seek immediate advice and help from your pharmacist.

We have prepared a Top Tips poster that gives advice on how to stay warm and keep well over the winter months. 

Take prescribed medicines as directed and pick up any prescription medicines before Christmas Eve. 

If you do need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit the Stay Well website for more information. 

We have worked in partnership with over 30 organisations across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to provide helpful guides on keeping well, warm, happy and safe this winter.

Make sure you choose the right service this winter, and help to ease the pressure on our hospitals. Research has shown that a significant number of people still go to a hospital accident and emergency department when there are other services more convenient and suitable for their health needs.

  • Only call 999 if it is a critical or life threatening situation. 
  • You can visit your local minor injury unit for treatment of a wide range of minor ailments and minor injuries from cuts and grazes to sprains and strains and broken bones without an appointment.
  • Outside the normal hours of your GP surgery, emergency clinic appointments are available. Please phone 111 if you need to see a clinician via an appointment system, or as a home visit for patients unable to attend a clinic in any of these areas: Bodmin, Camborne Redruth, Falmouth, Helston, Truro, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, St. Austell, Stratton, and Penzance.

For more information on how to choose the right service over the winter visit the Kernow CCG Choose Well website.