Sharing isn’t always caring

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Sharing can be caring, but not when it comes to germs, sparking calls from a local GP for youngsters to keep it clean this half term.
Simple hand washing and throwing away tissues are huge steps in tackling colds, says Dr Nick Harding, Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group.

He said: "Using soap and water to clean hands of any germs and throwing away all used tissues will help stop the spread of infection. Having a well-stocked medicine cupboard in case you do become poorly will help relieve symptoms.”

Cold and flu season is getting underway, and calls are going out to follow simple health tips to keep families well over half-term and through the autumn and winter.

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG is also reminding people of the range of health services that are available, along with tips on keeping families well this winter, which include free flu jabs for those eligible.

Dr Harding added: “Winter illnesses such as colds and flu can often be treated at home with paracetamol, rest and sleep, keeping warm and keep hydrated, or by asking your pharmacist for advice.”

You can help protect your child from flu by making sure they have the free flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:

  • Children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
  • Children aged 2 and 3 on August 31 2018 – that is, born between September 1 2014 and August 31 2016
  • Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Children aged between 6 months and 2 years of age who are eligible for the flu vaccine will receive an injected flu vaccine
  • Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray

For more information on how to Stay Well this half term visit https://sandwellandwestbhamccg.nhs.uk/stay-well-this-winter