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Flintshire pharmacies help people prepare for winter

PHARMACIES are advising people to get their flu jabs and keep their homes warm to stay well this winter.

Health chiefs say seasonal flu can range from having symptoms similar to a cold, to developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia – which may require hospital treatment.

If you are over the age of 65, are in an at-risk group or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person, you are entitled to a free seasonal flu jab from your GP.

Many people struggle to keep their homes warm due to the cost of heating or have poor insulation, and living in a cold or damp home can make respiratory illnesses and arthritis worse.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Public Health Wales are now working with Flintshire pharmacies to help people stay well this winter.

Promotional stickers for prescription bags are being distributed to all pharmacies across North Wales, featuring a free phone number for advice on keeping you home warm.

Linda Dodd of SE John pharmacy in Bagillt said: “The best way to protect yourself from flu is to follow your GP’s advice.

“If you are offered the flu vaccination you should make sure you go for it.”

If someone you know struggles to keep their home warm, call the North Wales Energy Efficiency Council on 0800 954 0658 to find out about the help available.