Stay well this winter amid increase in winter illnesses

Walsall residents are being reminded of simple steps they can take to protect themselves and others from winter illnesses.

It comes following back to school advice that was issued by the UK Health Security Agency on 2 January 2023, emphasising that simple steps can help protect others and minimise the spread of illness within communities. 

In addition, anyone aged 18 and over who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine (first, second or booster dose) or flu vaccine is urged to come forward to get vaccinated and ensure the best protection this winter.

Pop-up vaccination clinics are taking place this month in Walsall Town Centre (Saturday 14 January, 9am to 1pm) and in Willenhall (Wednesday 11, 18 and 25 January, 9am to 1pm). Stephen Gunther, Director of Public Health for Walsall Council said: 

“I hope everyone has had a peaceful festive break and New Year. 

“As we are now seeing an increase in winter illnesses, it is important that we continue to follow the simple measures many of us adopted. If you or your child does not feel well, stay at home until you feel better and avoid mixing with others, including those who are vulnerable to serious illness. 

“Catching coughs and sneezes with a tissue and keeping our hands clean with soap and water or sanitiser helps to kill viruses and bacteria. 

“Getting vaccinated will provide the best protection this winter and it is never too late to come forward. Children from two years upwards and eligible groups (50 or over, pregnant, health and social care workers or living with certain health conditions) can get a free flu vaccination. Contact your GP, local pharmacy or midwife to book your appointment or find out more.  

“Eligible groups may also be able to get the COVID-19 vaccination. Appointments can be booked through the NHS website or by calling 119. There are also several sites open across the borough, including pop-up clinics, where you can turn up without an appointment. 

“These simple steps do make a difference and can protect us throughout this winter.”


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