Winter vaccinations and services

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Andrew Steeden flu booster youtube thumbnail.pngLooking after our health during winter is really important and the NHS is reminding residents of the simple things everyone can do to stay well and help NHS services this winter! You will find lots of helpful tips and advice on this page.

Boost your immunity - the flu jab and the Covid-19 autumn booster are important to help you stay well this winter – if you are over 50 or have a health condition you should have both jabs. See the flu and Covid-19 vaccine pages for more information.

You do not need to be registered with a GP or have identification to have these vaccinataions. 

This table shows who else should have vaccines this winter:

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Know where to get the right help when you need it – there are lots of NHS services to help you, choosing the right service means you will get the right help quickly, 111 online (www.111.nhs.uk) can quickly direct you to the right service for your medical needs.


Keep on top of your medication - order and collect repeat prescriptions before they run-out - keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet.


All the information on this page is featured in a leaflet that is available in English. Translations of this leaflet will be available soon.

You can also listen to local GP, Dr Steeden, talking through this information here. 

Boost your immunity this winter with the flu jab
and Covid-19 booster vaccination.

Both flu and Covid-19 are serious illnesses and it is important to protect yourself against them this winter, by having both your Covid-19 and flu vaccinations.

This page provides more information about who is eligable for these vaccinations and answers some of the most frequantly asked questions asked.


Frequantly asked questions

Which vaccinations should I have this winter 2022/23?

Everyone over 50, and those with a health condition should have the Covid-19 autumn booster and flu vaccine as both are serious illnesses. If you are in these groups, having both vaccines is the best way to protect yourself over winter. (More information on when these vaccines will be available coming soon)

 

I've had the Covid-19 vaccine before, why do I need the 2022 autumn booster?

It doesn't matter how many Covid-19 vaccines you have already had - if you have not had one this autumn and you are in one of the groups listed - you should get the booster this autumn. This Covid-19 booster will improve your longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from the virus.

 

I've had Covid-19 this year - why do I need the 2022 autumn booster?

There are many strains of the virus and you can catch Covid-19 more than once. Having the vaccine provides the best protection possible for you.

 

I have not had any Covid-19 vaccines at all - can i still get one?

Yes - If you have not yet had any Covid-19 vaccines over the last two years - contact your GP/ local pharmacy or visit a community clinic to start your Covid-19 vaccines. More details of clinics can be found  on our Covid-19 pages

 

Can I have both vaccines at the same time?

Yes, If you are offered both vaccines, it's safe to have them at the same time.

 

Will the flu jab give me flu?

No, the flu jab cannot give you the flu. It is an inactivated vaccine, which means it does not contain

any of the live flu virus.

 

Is it still safe to get the flu jab if I’ve had Covid-19?

If you've had Covid-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It will still be effective at helping to prevent flu.

 

I’m pregnant, will the flu jab or booster vaccine harm me or my baby?

No it won’t. Having both the flu and Covid-19 vaccine will help protect you and your baby. It's safe to have the vaccines at any stage of pregnancy.

 

How do I get my vaccinations?

Everyone eligible for both vaccinations will be contacted by the NHS/GP practice to arrange an appointment. You can also ask at your local pharmacy - or use the national booking system www.nhs.uk


I’m pregnant, will the flu jab or booster vaccine harm me or my baby?

No it won’t. Having both the flu and Covid-19 vaccine will help protect you and your baby. It's safe to have the vaccines at any stage of pregnancy.
 

Will the flu jab protect me from Covid-19?

No - Flu and Covid-19 are different viruses, requiring different vaccines to protect you from them.


I would like to know more about the vaccine for children

Please also visit our flu page where there is a section dedicated children's information on flu

Flu can be very serious in young children. 

The nasal spray flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:

  • children aged 2 or 3 years 
  • all primary school children (reception to year 6)
  • all year 7 to year 10 children in secondary school
  • children aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions

If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years and has a long-term health condition that makes them at higher risk from flu, they'll be offered a flu vaccine injection instead of the nasal spray.

This is because the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2 years.

The nasal spray vaccine offers the best protection for children aged 2 to 17 years. They will be offered the flu vaccine injection if the nasal spray vaccine is not suitable for them.

More information on the vaccine for children can be found here: Child flu vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

 

Winter 202223 Leaflet vaccines and services.pngThis leaflet provides information on the Covid-19 vaccine as well as the flu jab, accessing NHS services, mental health support and keeping well. Translations are coming soon and will be included in this section. 

Click here to view and download the leaflet.

Translations available in:

This information is also summarised in a short video, currently available in the languages below. 

When you think you need A&E, think NHS 111 first

Get the right advice for an urgent problem

NHS 111 is a website and phoneline available all day everyday to help if you have an urgent medical problem.

Doctors, nurses, paramedics and fully trained advisors are available to ensure you receive the right care. They can:

  • Find out what local service can help you
  • Connect you to a nurse, emergency dentist, pharmacist or GP
  • Get you a face-to-face appointment if you need one
  • Give you an arrival time if you need to go to A&E
  • Tell you how to get any medicine you may need
  • Give self-care advice

You can contact NHS 111 at 111.nhs.uk or by calling 111.

Your GP can help you in-person, online, or over the phone

If you need to speak to a GP or doctor, it is best to call your usual practice as they will have your medical records to hand and can provide help based on this.

If you need prescription medication, your GP practice can arrange for it to be collected at a pharmacy that is convenient for you.

Phone appointments
Our GP practices offer phone appointments.
We want to reassure patients that our GPs can help many people over the phone without the need to come into the surgery, and if you do need to be seen face-to-face, you will be booked in for an appointment

Over the phone your GP can:

  • assess you
  • provide help & advice
  • organise tests & prescriptions
  • make a referral
  • book you in to be seen face-to-face, if they need to see you.

GP appointments are available at evenings and weekends
Call your GP practice to book and get details of local appointments or call NHS 111.
More information on GP services at evenings and weekends can be found here

Online consultations
If you need to speak to a GP or nurse, get a sick note or find out test results, don’t forget you can use the online consultation form on your GP practice's website. The secure form will be responded to quickly and may save you a phonecall to the practice.

Local pharmacists are there to help with minor health concerns

Visiting your nearest pharmacy is a quick and convenient way to get clinical advice on minor health concerns.

Local pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals who can help you manage minor illnesses, offer confidential discussions in a consultation room with no need for an appointment, or refer you to a GP or A&E if your symptoms suggest it’s something more serious.

If you have a serious or life threatening medical emergency,
call 999 or go to accident and emergency (A&E)

A&E departments are for seriously ill people with life-threatening conditions and will be very busy over winter. We encourage you to use alternative health services if it is not an emergency.

 

There are services available to support with mental health and crisis

Talking therapies

The NHS provides a range of talking therapies for people who feel anxious and worried or down and depressed. If you need help you can refer yourself, you don’t need to go to your GP first

Visit: www.nhsTalk2us.org

 

If you need help for a mental health crisis or emergency,

you can get immediate help on our freephone lines from our trained mental health advisers and clinicians all day every day.

For residents in:

Freephone helpline                                      

Ealing, Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham
(West London NHS Trust)

0800 328 4444

Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington &                                    
Chelsea and Westminster

(Central and North West London Foundation NHS Trust)

0800 0234 650‚Äč

Self-care helps you to stay as healthy and as independent as you can

On a day-to day basis, it's about making small lifestyle changes that can have a big effect on your wellbeing.

Self-care can be as simple as calling a friend for a chat, doing a bit of exercise or joining a lunch club. It is also about managing any conditions you have in a way that puts you in control and improves your quality of life.

Some simple things you can do:

Mental wellness

Take a look at our five areas of well-being to get you started: Connect, Be Active, Give, Take Notice, Learn. You can also find out more more about improving your mental wellbeing on NHS.UK

Stay connected 

It is really important for your mental and physical health to keep in touch with friends and family over the winter. If you are on your own - there are lots of organisations that can link you up with other people and support services. Please visit:

www.hubofhope.co.uk
www.wellbeingwestlondon.org.uk

Be prepared

Even a minor illness and ailments such as colds, headaches and diarrhoea can disrupt your life. Be prepared for most common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.

Medications for these ailments can be bought at your local pharmacy, where you can also get advice.

Do make sure you always read the label before taking any medication.  

NHS Health checks and screening

The NHS health check is your chance to get your free midlife MOT. For adults in England aged 40-74 without a pre-existing condition, it checks your circulatory and vascular health and what your risk of getting a disabling vascular disease is. This guide explains what happens at the check, when and how you get one, and how to lower your risk.

You will also be invited for regular cancer screening. Make sure you take an appoinmnt for screening when invited.

 

During the winter months there is an increased risk that your child could become unwell. Often, the illnesses are not serious and can be prevented or treated safely at home, or with support from a GP or pharmacist.

Helping your unwell child booklet

A team of experts at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have developed a resource pack to help you care for your sick child. It will help you identify when an illness is minor and when it is serious. Click here to download the booklet. 

Healthier Together website

Healthier Together, in collaboration with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, have produced information on a range of health concerns that you may be worried about as a parent or carer, including Covid-19, fever, and mental health. Visit the website.

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