Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, is today urging local people to get their flu jab and find out more about how they can stay well this winter.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign, run by Public Health England and NHS England, aims to raise awareness of the vulnerability of the elderly and those with long-term health conditions at winter among family, friends and carers.

People suffering from a long term health condition, those aged 65 or over and pregnant women are entitled to receive the free flu vaccine free of charge.

The campaign encourages people to seek immediate advice from a pharmacist at the first sign of winter illnesses - before it gets too serious, heating homes to at least 18°C (65°F) and keeping an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours.

Caroline said:

"It is so important that if you are a pensioner, suffer from a long term condition, or have children between 2 and 7 that you find out about how to stay well this winter.

If you have older relatives or elderly neighbours please check that they have had a flu jab and keep a closer eye out for them over the winter months."

For further information about how you and your family can stay well this winter, please visit