Local support to help you look after your health and wellbeing
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Find local help to keep you healthy and well View in browser Your Health and Wellbeing Spring COVID-19 boosters This spring, COVID-19 spring boosters will be offered to: residents in a care home for older adults (from 3 April) people aged 75 years and over (from 17 April) people aged 5 years and over who are immunosuppressed (from 17 April) GP practices will vaccinate their most vulnerable patients first. Vaccinations will then be available for eligible residents at more than 60 local pharmacies, most GP practices and some ‘pop up’ vaccination clinics across Hertfordshire and west Essex. You will be contacted when it is your turn, please don’t ring your practice to book an appointment before then. If you have never had a COVID vaccination before and would like to protect yourself, first and second dose will only be available until 30 June 2023, so please make an appointment online, speak to a pharmacist or ring 119 for more information. Find out more Free over the counter medicines for children Did you know that you can often get free over the counter medicines for your child? If you already get free prescriptions (e.g. because of a low income, or your child is aged under 17, or 19 if in full time education), you can often get other free non-prescription medicines for minor ailments too This is known as the NHS minor ailments scheme. It can save you money for treating common conditions such as coughs, diarrhoea, eczema, ear and eye infections, nappy rash, cradle cap and head lice. If you don’t get free prescriptions, remember that many generic medicines cost less than the £9.65 price of a prescription. The minor ailments scheme isn’t available everywhere. You’ll find it in selected Boots and Lloyds pharmacies, plus other chains and independents. Ask your local pharmacy for details and remember to take proof that you’re eligible for free prescriptions, e.g. proof of age or the relevant certificate. Look after yourself during Ramadan The Muslim period of fasting prayer and reflection known as Ramadan began on 22 March. The Qur’an requires Muslims to fast during Ramadan, from sunrise to sunset however people who are unwell or have medical conditions are not expected to take part in this. Please follow advice and guidance to fast safely. If you have diabetes, speak to your diabetes team or your Imam to decide how best to observe the holy month and manage your diabetes or visit Diabetes UK for advice. A guide to safe fasting World TB Day Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection spread through inhaling tiny droplets from the coughs or sneezes of someone with the disease. It mainly affects the lungs, but it can affect any part of the body, including the tummy, glands, bones and nervous system. TB is a potentially serious condition, but it can be cured if it’s treated. Be aware of the symptoms this World TB Day and seek help if concerned. Find out more Contact Us Help Copyright © 2019 Hertfordshire County Council. All rights reserved. Registered number: 5464771. Registered office: County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, Hertfordshire SG13 8DE If you do not wish to receive any further e-mails from us please unsubscribe.