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Think pharmacy first

Going to your local pharmacy offers an easy and convenient way to get clinical advice on minor health concerns, and now community pharmacies can offer treatment for seven common conditions without patients needing to see a GP.

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NHS Child Flu Vaccinations

‘Be wise, immunise’ your child against flu – you nose it makes sense!
Protect your child, and others, from flu by making sure they get their flu vaccine.
Flu can be a very nasty illness in children, causing a range of symptoms including fever, dry cough, sore throat, aching joints, and extreme tiredness. The virus also spreads easily, and children can pass it on to others.
The nasal spray vaccine is free for children aged 2-3 years, those in primary and secondary schools up to year 11.
The vaccine is also free for children and young people who have a medical condition from the age of six months.
The flu vaccination for most children is needle-free for those aged 2-17 years.
It is given as a single squirt up each nostril; it’s quick, painless, and more effective in children than an injectable vaccine.
Children aged 2-3 years (on 31 August 2023) will be given the flu vaccination at their GP surgery.
If you haven’t heard from your practice by the middle of October, please get in touch with them to arrange an appointment for your child’s flu vaccination.
If your child is of primary or secondary school age, up to year 11, you will receive information from the School Age Immunisation Service asking you to give your consent so your child can have their free vaccination at school.
Please remember to complete the consent process as soon as possible.
All children up to the age of 18 who live with someone with a high-risk health condition, or those that live with someone who has, can get the free flu vaccine from their GP.
For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/

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NHS Winter Flu and Covid Vaccine

The adult covid and flu vaccination programmes had been due to start in October to maximise protection over the winter months, but now those most at risk including adult care home residents will be vaccinated from 11 September.

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MMR and Measles

Measles is an infection that spreads very easily and can cause serious problems in some people. Having the MMR vaccine is the best way to prevent it.

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Measles: Are you protected?

Parents are being asked to check children are fully up to date with their measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccinations by checking their vaccine record in their red book.

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Better Health: Every Mind Matters

Looking after your mental health. There are little things we can all do to help look after our mental health. Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.

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Help us help you — Just think 111 first

When you think you need A&E, contact NHS 111 by phone or online. NHS 111 is free and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You answer questions about your symptoms on the website, or by speaking to a fully trained adviser on the phone.

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COVID-19 Spring Vaccination Programme

In February, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised a spring dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as a precaution to those at extremely high risk, most of whom received their first booster around 6 months ago.

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