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  • Beat the flu!

    Danielle Thompson

    HEALTH experts have revealed the most effect ways of avoiding the flu this winter.

    Leading health figures from Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have joined together to offer expert advice to residents on how they can best avoid catching the flu in the coming months.

    Their advice comes at a time when NHS hospitals face intense pressure during the winter period .

    Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council's cabinet member for health and wellbeing said: “Flu can have really serious effects for many vulnerable people including the elderly, young children, pregnant women and those living with long term health conditions.

    “For this reason the following advice also includes tips that will help residents to limit the spread of flu within their community.”

    Their best tips are:

    1. Get the flu jab - the vaccination is free for those aged over 65, pregnant women, people living with long term health conditions, young children aged two and three and to registered carers.

    If you're not eligible for a free vaccination you can purchase it for as little as £10 from your local pharmacist.

    2. Know the symptoms - they include a sudden fever, aching body, feeling tired or exhausted, chesty cough, sore throat, headache, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, diarrhoea or tummy pain, nausea and being sick.

    3. Get the right advice - if you think you may have the flu try to avoid visiting your GP or pharmacist to reduce the risk of spreading the illness. Instead call the free NHS helpline service 111 or visit the NHS Choices website.

    4. Wash your hands - this will help you to prevent the spread of germs that can cause flu. Not only will this reduce the chances of you catching the flu yourself, but it will also help to limit the spread of flu across Sefton.

    5. Be mindful of others - try to avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if you or they have symptoms of flu.

    Remember that while many people can recover from flu themselves within about a week, it can become extremely serious for more vulnerable residents.

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