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Older people winter flu warning

A new winter health campaign is warning that a third of older people are not getting a flu vaccination - and encouraging them, and others who are at risk, to get advice from pharmacies.

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Winter campaign encourages people to visit pharmacy

The Winter Wellness campaign is being run throughout October, and encourages older people in particular to visit their local pharmacy to find out how to stay well over the winter months.

It coincides with the start of NHS flu vaccinations for over-65s - and they are part of the checklist targeted by the 714 community pharmacies throughout Wales involved:

  • Flu and flu jabs
  • Smoking and smoking cessation services
  • High blood pressure and medicines checks
  • Long-term conditions and medicines reviews
  • Hospital stays and medicine reconciliation on returning home

More people die in Wales in the winter than in summer months, as illustrated by figures from the Office for National Statistics:

  • There were 1,300 excess winter deaths in Wales in 2011-12
  • 80 per cent of those winter deaths were people over 65 years of age

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