Winter Illnesses

Every year the cold weather and winter season can make some health problems worse. They can even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 50 or older or have a long-term health condition.

Woman recieving a flu vaccine
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Some people are more vulnerable to the effects of cold weather than others, for example:

  • people aged 50 and older
  • babies and children under the age of 5
  • people on a low income (who cannot afford to heat their home)
  • people who have a long-term health condition
  • people with a disability
  • pregnant women
  • people who have a mental health condition

Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases, particularly winter viruses such as Flu and Covid-19. 

Salford South East Winter Illness project will focus on delivering vaccine clinics at 6 PCN member GP practises supporting the national Flu and Covid vaccination program. The main objectives of the project are to:

  • Drive vaccine bookings to local clinics
  • Inform and educate patients about winter illnesses
  • Support regional or national campaigns

Autumn COVID-19 booster vaccine clinics

Six of our member GP practices at Salford South East PCN are working to offer local autumn COVID-19 booster vaccine clinics.

The clinics are open to anyone over 50, including people not registered with a GP. 

Visit our autumn covid-19 booster page to learn more and where to book.

Flu vaccine clinics

The flu vaccination is safe and effective. It’s offered yearly through the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from the flu.

The best time to have your flu vaccine is in the autumn or early winter before the flu starts spreading. But you can get your vaccine later.

Learn more about our Flu vaccination program, including who is eligible and where to book.