Stay Well This Winter roadshow comes to Prescot

Published on: Monday, 23-November-2015

The Stay Well This Winter roadshow is set to visit Prescot Shopping Centre on Friday 27 November and Saturday 28 November to give local residents advice and tips on how to prepare against the cold weather and stay well over the colder months.


The roadshow is part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign, a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England. The campaign and this roadshow aims to help the public, and in particular those with long-term conditions and those over 65, prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses so they do not require a visit to the hospital.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign began in October with a national flu vaccination programme for children. This year the programme is being extended to children in school years 1 and 2, and aims to help 3 million children between the ages of 2 and 6. For the first time, the youngest primary school children in 17,000 schools will be eligible to receive the free nasal spray vaccine, making this the largest school-based vaccination programme ever in England.

As in previous years, the adult flu vaccine will also be offered for free to those in groups at particular risk of infection and complications from flu which are:

  • Pregnant women
  • Those aged 65 or over
  • Those aged under 65 with long-term conditions
  • People who receive a carer’s allowance or who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if they are ill

As well as protecting against flu, the Stay Well This Winter campaign will give advice on how to avoid common illness to people over 65 or those with long-term health conditions, such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease or respiratory illness.

At the roadshow events, expert advice and support will be provided from the roadshow nurse and staff, in addition, leaflets and posters will inform the public about some of the key actions which will help people stay well this winter including:

  • Information on how to get the flu jab if eligible
  • Keeping yourself warm - heat your home to least 18 degrees C (or 65F) if you can
  • If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s just a cough or a cold, then get help from your pharmacist quickly before it gets more serious
  • Making sure you get your prescription medicines before pharmacies close on Christmas Eve
  • Always taking prescribed medicines as directed.

For further information about how you and your family can stay well this winter, please visit www.nhs.org.uk/staywell.