North Lincolnshire’s Director of Public Health is urging local people to get the flu and Covid-19 booster jabs to get their immune system ready for winter.
Tessa Lindfield said: “Eligible people are being contacted to get their flu and Covid-19 booster jabs before winter. I would urge anyone that is contacted to get both jabs to protect themselves, their communities and our NHS and care systems.
“Evidence shows that after six months the protection from the vaccine can start to wane. People in the most high-risk groups can get a booster jab – ideally between six and eight months after their second dose.
“The Covid-19 infection rate in North Lincolnshire is currently among the highest in the country. The booster jab provides even greater protection from becoming very ill.
“With restrictions in place, and a high take-up of the flu vaccine, last winter there were far fewer cases of flu. But with more freedoms and people mixing, there is a real chance that many people will be infected this winter which will put pressure on the NHS. People aged over 50 or with underlying health conditions should get the flu vaccine to keep themselves safe.”
The jab is available from GPs and also pharmacies.
None of us want to be unwell, and it is especially important to take care of your health as winter approaches, to stay well and to relieve pressure on the NHS and the care system.
Simple ways to boost your physical and mental health include:
• Get outside into natural daylight as much as possible
• The immune system repairs itself during sleep, so make sure you are getting enough
• Eat more fruit and vegetables instead of unhealthy comfort food
• Drink more milk and eat more dairy products – they are good sources of protein, vitamins A and B12 and calcium, all of which boost the immune system
• Keep active – a brisk outside walk will boost your mood as well as your health
• Have a hearty breakfast – porridge is ideal
More information about looking after yourself in winter is available on the NHS website.