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Who can have the shingles vaccine?

You are eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 or 78 years old. In addition, anyone who was eligible for immunisation in the previous three years of the programme but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday. This includes: people in their 70s who…

Who should get tested for kidney disease?

Experts suspect there are about a million people with moderate to severe kidney disease who are unaware that they have the condition. A quick simple test is available from your GP. Kidney disease usually has no symptoms until it's at a serious stage. "You can have…

Who should have the chickenpox vaccine?

Chickenpox vaccination isn't routinely available on the NHS, but it is recommended for adults and children in regular or close contact with someone who: has a weakened immune system is at risk of serious illness if they catch chickenpox Vaccination protects the person at risk…

Who should have the flu jab?

Flu is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild or unpleasant illness in most people. It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition. Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of…

Who shouldn't have the flu jab?

Very few people are unable to have the flu jab, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to the flu jab in the past. Egg allergy and the flu jab People who have egg allergy may be at increased…

Why 5 A Day?

Fruit and vegetables are part of a healthy, balanced diet and can help us stay healthy. It's important that we eat enough of them. Evidence shows there are significant health benefits to getting at least five 80g portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. That's five portions…

Why are teens always tired?

Trouble getting up on school days, dozing off in class, marathon lie-ins at weekends... It may feel like your teenager is sleeping their life away. In fact, the opposite is probably true. Sleep experts say teens today are sleeping less than they ever have. This is a worry, as…

Why lack of sleep is bad for your health

Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known. But did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your physical health? One in 3 of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress,…

Why should I have an NHS Health Check?

Think of the NHS Health Check as a midlife MOT. It's not only an opportunity to put right emerging problems, but to get personalised advice on keeping yourself healthy and active in the future. The NHS Health Check is based on the best scientific evidence…

Why we should sit less

We all know we need to be more active, but there is increasing evidence that we also need to spend less time sitting down. Get tips on reducing sitting time for: children aged under 5  young people adults older adults To reduce our risk of…
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