Act now to help you stay well this win­ter

Phar­ma­cists can help keep colds at bay


Your sum­mer hol­i­day tan hasn’t faded yet but colder weather is on the way and it’s never too soon to start think­ing about your win­ter health.

Thank­fully that doesn’t al­ways mean a trip to the doc­tor – with guid­ance avail­able from your lo­cal com­mu­nity phar­ma­cist, such as at Boots, it is quick and con­ve­nient to get ad­vice.

You don’t need an ap­point­ment, you can sim­ply pop into your lo­cal Boots phar­macy store, where you’ll find a phar­ma­cist and a team of phar­macy ad­vi­sors happy to an­swer your ques­tions.


As we move into win­ter and spend more time keep­ing warm in­doors, most of us will catch a cough, cold or flu as germs spread.

Boots phar­ma­cist An­gela Chalmers says: “Flu sea­son tends to start in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber so now is the time to start get­ting your immune sys­tem ready to fight win­ter bugs.”

Boots phar­ma­cists can help with any mi­nor ail­ments, ad­vise on over-the­counter reme­dies for colds or flu and pro­vide ad­vice on mul­ti­vi­ta­mins.

Cold and flu are caused by viruses. There are three types of flu viruses and more than 200* com­mon cold viruses which can cause com­pli­ca­tions to those who are al­ready vul­ner­a­ble be­cause of old age or an un­der­ly­ing health con­di­tion.


The best way to stay pro­tected and pre­vent the spread of flu is to get the flu jab.

For those en­ti­tled to the flu jab it’s urged that they con­sider hav­ing one, to pro­tect them­selves and oth­ers against the ill­ness. Your Boots phar­ma­cist or GP can ad­vise on whether you are en­ti­tled to have the free vac­ci­na­tion.

The flu jab is of­fered free to at-risk groups, in­clud­ing those over 65, preg­nant women and those with cer­tain med­i­cal con­di­tions, in most Boots phar­ma­cies in Eng­land and Wales**.

In Scot­land, the flu vac­ci­na­tion is of­fered from Oc­to­ber on­wards through GPs for those aged 65 and over, are preg­nant or have a se­ri­ous health con­di­tion.

Boots also of­fers a pri­vate vac­ci­na­tion ser­vice against pneu­mo­nia for those at higher risk.

Avail­able in se­lected stores, the Pneu­mo­nia Vac­ci­na­tion Ser­vice helps pro­tect against some of the most com­mon strains of the bac­te­ria that cause pneu­mo­coc­cal pneu­mo­nia. Sub­ject to avail­abil­ity. El­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria and charges ap­ply.

Visit­jab and­mo­nia. **Sub­ject to avail­abil­ity and el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria. El­i­gi­bil­ity may be dif­fer­ent in the Chan­nel Is­lands and the Isle of Man.

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