Public urged to take ‘sensible steps’ to stop illness spreading

Health chiefs are advising Dudley residents to take sensible precautions to stop the spread of respiratory diseases like flu and COVID-19.

Experts are reminding people of the importance of basic measures like washing hands, covering noses and mouths when coughing or sneezing, and keeping their surroundings clean.

People with underlying health conditions may also wish to wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces. Councillor Ian Bevan, cabinet member for public health, said:

“Taking these simple steps to stop the spread of infections will help to protect older and vulnerable people in Dudley borough, especially during this period of pressure on the healthcare system.

“Vaccination is the strongest line of defence against flu and COVID-19, so I would encourage anyone who is eligible to receive those vaccines to take up the offer.”

Pop-up clinics offering flu and COVID-19 vaccinations to people that are eligible are operating across Dudley and the Black Country with no appointments necessary.

Residents who are unsure whether to get the vaccine can will be able to discuss their concerns with pharmacy staff and decide what is best for them.

The clinics in Dudley and Lye town centres will be open this Friday from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm respectively. The Moor Centre in Brierley Hill will also be hosting a pop-up vaccination site on Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

For the full list of dates for each pop-up clinic in Dudley borough, visit the NHS Black Country website.


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