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The winter flu vaccinations for eligible local authority staff are available from 1st October 2016. Visit our Flu vaccinations page for further details.
Keeping warm this winter
One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm.
Keeping warm can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.
The chances of these problems are higher if you’re vulnerable to cold-related illnesses because of one or more of the following:
- You’re over 65
- You’re on a low income (so may not be able to afford heating)
- You have a long-term health condition, such as heart, lung or kidney disease
- You are disabled
- You are pregnant
Flu is a highly infectious illness that can spread rapidly. You can find out from your GP surgery whether you may be eligible for a free flu jab if you’re at risk of complications from flu.
This film aims to dispel myths around flu and reminds everyone how important flu vaccination is.
Climate change in Dorset
How often do we seriously contemplate the future? The planning of services and development of public health policy is usually focused on improving outcomes within a relatively short time period. But what if we look decades ahead? Sometimes an issue forces us to think longer-term – climate change is one of these.
What will be the public health impacts of climate change in Dorset in the 2040s?
For West Dorset we need to consider hotter, drier summers; warmer, wetter winters along with increased likelihood of storms and flooding, heat waves and droughts. There is a particular concern about how older people will be able to adapt and thrive in these circumstances. Funded by the National Lottery, Public Health Dorset are working with Dorset Community Action to explore what potential future policies could look like to help tackle the impact climate change may have on our health.
The project will focus on impacts from climate change on the older population of West Dorset, with particular emphasis on reducing excess mortality during periods of extreme temperature. To engage the community in the topic of climate change, the story is told through an obituary written in 2045, painting the picture of how policies might look very different in the future.
Community leader obituary
Susan Williams: Hugely popular and tireless community worker who was known for both a humane and common sense approach to life.
The founder of the Nettlecombe-Eco-Village and one of the most influential movements in older people’s care was, to her amusement, often publicly referred to as “that woman who brought down the Prime Minister” in 2030.
What is screening?
Screening is a way of identifying apparently healthy people who may have an increased risk of a particular condition. The NHS offers a range of screening tests to different sections of the population.
The aim is to offer screening to the people who are most likely to benefit from it. For example, some screening tests are only offered to newborn babies, others such as breast screening and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening are only offered to older people.
If you get a normal result (a screen negative result) after a screening test, this means you are at low risk of having the condition you were screened for. This does not mean that you will never develop the condition in the future, just that you are low risk at the moment.
If you have a higher risk result (a screen positive result), it means you may have the condition that you’ve been tested for. At this point, you will be offered further tests (called diagnostic tests) to confirm if you have the condition. You can then be offered treatment, advice and support.
Finding out about a problem early can mean that treatment is more effective. However, screening tests are not perfect and they can lead to difficult decisions about having further tests or treatment.
What types of screening are offered by the NHS in England?
Adult screening programmes include:
- Breast cancer
- Bowel cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Diabetic retinopathy screening
|Screening programme||Age when eligible||Interval|
|Breast||50-70 years||Every 3 years|
|Bowel||60-74 years||Every 2 years|
Every 3 years
Every 5 years
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
|Men aged 65 years||
All men aged 65-74 are being offered the screening.
In the future all men will be offered this screening when they turn 65
|Diabetic Retinopathy||12 years and over||Annual|
Screening and childhood immunisation coverage across GP practices in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.
Further information on all screening programmes can be found on the National Screening Programmes website.