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Your Health and Wellbeing advice from Hertfordshire County Council

COVID-19 and flu – get protected and get on with life this autumn   Everyone aged 50 and over, people working in frontline health and social care, and those who are at high risk, will be offered a COVID-19 booster jab and a free flu jab this autumn.   More than 60 local pharmacies, most GP practices, ‘pop up’ vaccination centres and outreach clinics will be taking vaccinations into the heart of communities across Hertfordshire.    People who are at most risk of serious illness, such as those aged 65 and over, pregnant women, those who are immunosuppressed and frontline health and care staff, can book their autumn COVID-19 booster now. Adults aged between 50-65 will be invited to book their vaccinations in the next few weeks – many will have already been invited to a clinic by their own GP practice. Children who were aged 2 or 3 years old on the 31 August 2022, all primary school-aged children and eligible 11-16 year olds will also be offered the flu vaccine.   If you are eligible and have never had a COVID or flu vaccination before, it’s not too late to start.  Make an appointment online, speak to a pharmacist, visit one of our local walk-in clinics or ring 119 for more information.   Find out more
Keep active this autumn   Exercise is a great way to boost your mood. It can help keep you physically AND mentally healthy and is a great way to connect with other people.   For some advice, tips or ideas to help you get started, we’ve got lots of free and affordable ways to keep active – on your own, with friends and family or other locals.   Find activities for everyone
  Do you know an 13–18-year-old who is passionate about mental health?   Hertfordshire young people can now sign up to become Just Talk Ambassadors – positive role models who encourage others to speak more openly about their mental health.   Ambassadors have the opportunity to help shape the design of Just Talk’s upcoming campaigns, as well as promote good mental health messages in their communities.   Find out more     Worried about someone?   Would you know what to say to a loved one who is suicidal or in emotional distress?

Take the free 20-minute online training by Zero Suicide Alliance. It will help you spot the signs, say the words and signpost to help.     Remember, anyone in need can call NHS111 option 2 for specialist mental health support.     Take the training
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