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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Julian encourages people in York Outer to ‘Stay Well This Winter’

November 23, 2016

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy is today urging local people to get their flu jab and find out more about how they can stay well this winter.

Mr Sturdy said, “Flu jabs are particularly important if you are a pensioner or suffer from a long term health condition, and I encourage everyone who wants to stay well this winter to consider getting the jab. It only takes a few seconds and can save you from a week of suffering in the flu season.

“This year I had my flu jab at Boots Pharmacy in Haxby. Pharmacies across York Outer offer this brilliant service, and I would advise anyone who is considering getting a flu jab to speak to their local pharmacist.”

The Stay Well This Winter campaign being run by Public Health England and NHS England aims to raise awareness of the vulnerability of the elderly and those with long-term health conditions at winter among family, friends and carers. Advice includes:

1. If you suffer from a long term health condition such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), an umbrella term used to describe a number of conditions including emphysema and chronic bronchitis; diabetes; heart or kidney disease; are aged 65 or over; or are pregnant, get the free flu vaccine now

2. If you’re a parent of a child aged 2 -7, ensure your child is vaccinated against flu. Children aged 2, 3 and 4 can get the vaccination from their GP. Parents of children in school years 1, 2 and 3 are asked to give permission for their child to receive the free nasal spray vaccination at school

3. Seek immediate advice from your pharmacist at the first sign of winter illnesses, before it gets too serious

4. Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can

5. Keep an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours

For further information about how you and your family can stay well this winter, please visit nhs.uk/staywell.