Make sure you have a flu jab every year. It’s free if you're 65 or over, a carer or have certain health conditions. It's best to get the jab as early as possible during autumn, before the winter flu season. Contact your GP or ask your local pharmacist to arrange one.
If you're over 65, you qualify for a pneumonia vaccine (also called a pneumo jab). This is a one-off jab that helps protect against pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia. Check with your GP to see if you’ve already had it, or to book a jab if you haven’t.
It's common to catch a cold, flu or get a sore throat in the colder months. Keep your medicine cabinet stocked up with a range of every day medicines in case you get ill, such as:
- cough medicine
- throat lozenges
- sore throat sprays.
You can contact your pharmacist for advice if you're feeling unwell. Some pharmacies operate a minor ailment scheme, which may enable you to get medicine for some minor illnesses for free if you don’t normally pay for prescriptions. You'll need to be registered with a GP surgery that is taking part in the scheme.
Some pharmacies offer a home delivery service for repeat prescriptions. You can also order repeat prescriptions online and get them delivered to you.