Focus On Flu

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, it is essential that we are ready to deal with likely future illness during the winter months. Flu season will soon arrive and we at Castle Medical Centre are fully prepared to vaccinate all vulnerable patients in a safe way from September when our vaccinations arrive. The success of this campaign will be vital to protecting patients from flu in a year which could see a resurgence of Covid-19 cases, alongside flu and norovirus infections.

Please make sure you get your flu jab; continue to wash your hands diligently; avoid crowds and wear a mask when recommended to prevent virus transmission.

Eligibility for flu vaccination includes:

  • Children aged two to ten (but not eleven years or older) on 31 August 2020
  • Age six months to 65 years in clinical risk groups
  • Pregnant women
  • Age 65 years and over
  • Residents in residential care homes
  • Carers
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • Health and social care staff working in residential care homes, nursing homes, registered domiciliary care agencies or a voluntary hospice provider.

Recognising the difference between flu and Covid-19 is very difficult, though it seems flu is faster in onset and causes more body aches.

Get a free Covid-19 test by booking online at www.gov.uk/testing-for-coronavirus if you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of sense of taste or smell. The test needs to be performed within 5 days of symptoms onset.

Our Mental Health

The Covid -19 pandemic continues to cause psychological upset.

Many of us have been affected by loneliness, breakdown of relationships, bereavement, income cuts, redundancies, alcohol misuse, poor sleep and the relentless stream of Covid-19 news.

Anxiety, low mood, hopelessness and feeling stressed are common emotions and it is important to accept these as part of our coping strategy against an unseen enemy like Covid-19. There is evidence that the virus is weakening, and incidences of severe illnesses is low, all positive news but we have to tread with caution to prevent further spread of infection.

Tips from ’Every Mind Matters’ to help our mental health:

Stay connected with people

Maintain contact with people you trust.

Keep in touch with people you usually saw often or reconnect with old friends.

Look after your body

Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly.

Avoid smoking or drugs and avoid too much alcohol.

Do things you enjoy

Focus on your favourite hobby, relaxing or connecting with others can help with anxious thoughts and feelings.

Reduce social media use

Find a credible source you can trust – such as GOV.UK or NHS.UK and fact-check information you get from newsfeeds.

Look after your sleep

Good quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel mentally and physically, so it’s important to get enough.

Useful Resources

NHS Mental Health Helplines – includes PAPYRUS and OCD charity websites

Every Mind Matters

Alcohol and substance use-CGL [Change, Grow, Live] www.changegrowlive.org

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