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Patients urged to take control of long term conditions this winter

Local health chiefs at NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are encouraging residents with a long term health condition to take control this winter by taking a few simple steps.

A flu jab is a must. It’s quick, simple, free and harmless. And for anyone with a long-term condition a bout of winter flu can lead to a range of complications which are avoidable. It’s also available for anyone aged over 65, children aged two and three, pregnant women and carers.

Dr Preeti Shukla GP clinical lead at both Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) said:

“Flu on top of an existing long-term health condition can easily develop into something very serious and could land you in hospital.”

“If you have a condition like: COPD; bronchitis; emphysema; diabetes; heart, kidney or liver disease or have suffered a stroke, you should get the flu jab without delay. Ask your GP, pharmacist or midwife about the free flu vaccine.”

There are lots of other ways to Stay Well This Winter:

 

• Get advice from a pharmacist at the first sign of a winter illness, before it gets more serious.
• Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start, as many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays. Also stock up your medicine cabinet with general supplies to help get you and your family through the winter season. Ask your pharmacist for advice.
• Keep warm both inside and outdoors to help prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.
• Keep an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours who might be struggling in the cold weather or icy conditions.

Find out more about keeping yourself and others safe and well this winter at www.nhs.uk/staywell