Look after yourself this winter

To help raise awareness of the importance of the flu vaccine and to highlight the key steps we can all take to protect against viruses, a joint Coventry and Warwickshire campaign is running throughout the winter months to encourage people to take steps to keep themselves and other healthy. 

Residents are being urged to think about how cold weather and winter viruses may affect them, vulnerable family members and neighbours this year, especially while the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing. Although the flu vaccination does not protect people from coronavirus, if you are at higher risk of coronavirus, you are more at risk of complications from flu. In addition, catching flu and COVID-19 at the same time can cause serious illness. 

This year’s free flu vaccine will be offered to more people than before to help protect community’s health. This includes: 

  • Those aged 65 or over  
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic conditions such as COPD and Diabetes 
  • Children aged 2 and 3 and in reception through to Year 7 of school
  • Infants and children from 6 months with chronic conditions
  • Carers and those working in health and social care 
  • People who were required to shield from coronavirus and anyone they live with 
  • People aged between 50 and 64 will also be included later in the year

Key messages 
Protect yourself, your family and your community 

  • flu can lead to serious health conditions such as pneumonia especially in members of the community with health conditions that affect their heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, nervous system or immune system 

Protect the NHS  

  • flu complications may lead to a stay in hospital avoid further pressure being placed on the NHS  

Stop the spread of flu  

  • vaccinating your child will help protect more vulnerable family and friends 

It’s better than having flu  

  • the flu vaccine has been given to millions of people worldwide and has an excellent safety record 

Wash your hands and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze  

  • flu spreads similarly to Coronavirus by tiny droplets that can be breathed in or picked up by touching surfaces – stop the spread of flu this winter