Public health update for June 2022 from Wirral’s Director of Public Health

Julie Webster, Wirral’s Director of Public Health, has issued the following advice for Wirral residents.

Clean Air Day in Wirral

Clean Air Day is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign, bringing together communities, businesses, schools and the health sector to raise awareness of the issue and take small actions to help reduce outdoor air pollution. Clean Air Day 2022  falls on Thursday 16 June and the theme this year is focused on personal health and encouragement to get walking.

Clean Air Day provides a great opportunity to get the important conversation going about what we can all do to help cut pollution to benefit our health, community and planet. Air pollution can harm every organ in the body, shorten lives and contribute towards chronic illness.

Swap a short drive for a short walk – which can also help reduce air pollution, congestion and road danger. Wirral is home to many parks and gardens so make sure to immerse yourself in our outdoor spaces and spend some time in nature.

There are plenty of little things that everybody can do to help tackle air pollution. You can:

  • Cut down on car journeys
  • Turn your engine off when stationary
  • Start walking or cycling at least once a week, and for shorter journeys

A Reflection for Carers Week 2022

As we come to an end for Carers Week 2022 (Monday 6 – Friday 10 June), it’s a good time to step back, reflect and give the biggest show of appreciation we could possibly give to all the carers for the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.

WIRED hosted an exciting mix of activities and events throughout the week and continue to annually support Carers Week and recognise the challenges carers face.

Get your 1st, 2nd or booster jab – it’s not too late to protect yourself

If you haven’t had the COVID-19 vaccination yet, you’re still eligible and can come forward at any time.

Book an appointment online or find a walk-in centre for your first, second or booster dose

COVID-19 vaccines for 5 to 11s

Vaccinated children are less likely to get seriously ill with COVID-19. Two doses give stronger and longer-lasting protection against future COVID-19 variants. Vaccines reduce disruption to family life, school and holidays.

If you’re a parent of carer of a child aged 5 to 11 years old, you may want to know more before booking your child’s vaccination.

Spring booster jab

If you’re 75 or over, live in a care home or are 12 or over and have a weakened immune system you can now book an extra booster jab. You can have the booster six months after your last dose.

Book your COVID-19 spring booster now

Monkey Pox update

Monkeypox is a rare infectious disease, but there are several of cases in the UK, although currently there are no reported cases in Wirral. Anyone with concerns that they could have monkeypox should call NHS 111 or contact a sexual health clinic. Stay at home and avoid close contact with other people until you’ve been told what to do. For more information, please visit the NHS website

For further updates visit GOV.UK

Take care and continue to look after each other so we can all help to Keep Wirral Well.

Image: Clean Air Day 2022 – Swap a short car journey for a cycle ride. Credit Elina Sazonova

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