Category Health Protection

Frontline health and social care staff encouraged to get a free flu jab

Somerset County Council will be offering their frontline health and social care staff, a free flu jab again this year, to help prevent the spread of flu. This year the vaccinations, funded by Somerset County Council, will be available through dedicated clinics at several GP surgeries across Somerset. Providing flu vaccination to our workforce who […]

Stay safe and well in severe weather

Take extra care and look out for others during the cold and icy weather, Somerset County Council urges as the Met Office issues a Level 3 cold weather alert for the South West. The alert is triggered when there is a 99% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow over the next few days, which […]

E-Learning Course Launches to Improve Adult Oral Health

Somerset County Council is encouraging anyone supporting adults to complete a new free online course to help improve adult oral health.  The adult oral health course is one of a series of two modules from the Somerset County Council Learning Centre.  It aims to inform anyone in a supporting or caring role in Somerset, either […]

Look, listen, ask and … ask again about domestic abuse

Anyone worried about a friend or family member they feel may be at risk of domestic abuse is being encouraged to call a confidential helpline for general advice on how to make a real difference. It’s all part of a new campaign by Somerset County Council launched this month, running for three months, which marks […]

Soap and water still the best protection against winter sickness bug

Somerset’s Public Health advisors and family doctors are reminding people that simple hand washing with soap is still an effective way to reduce your risk of getting the winter sickness called Norovirus. With the onset of winter and more people spending time indoors and in close proximity to each other, the virus has the ideal […]

Dimmer landfill site fire extinguished

We are pleased to report that the fire at Dimmer landfill site near Castle Cary has now been extinguished. Somerset County Council has been working with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service and The Environment Agency on this incident. Smoke may still be visible so please find the following advice from Public Health England. […]

National Child Measurement Programme underway

Children in 216 Somerset primary schools are taking part in the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) this year. A full 100 per cent of the County’s primary schools have chosen to take part in the nationwide initiative which aims to help reduce childhood obesity. Parents of Reception and Year 6 children will receive letters about […]

Give a special LifeHacks gift this Valentines Day

This Valentine’s Day why not love yourself and your friends by downloading a new free e-book for mental health? The Little books of Mental Health LifeHacks are practical guides packed with ideas and links to support mental health. They include true stories from people who’ve tried out some of the LifeHacks (ways of improving life) […]

Stay safe and well in severe weather

Somerset County Council is urging people to take extra care and look out for others during the cold and icy weather as the Met Office issues a Level 3 cold weather alert for the South West. The alert is triggered when there is 90% probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions or snow over […]

New film pictures heartfelt call by children to quit smoking

Somerset County Council is supporting a new hard-hitting campaign highlighting the damaging effect smoking has on the heart. The Smokefree Health Harms campaign from Public Health England reveals the two biggest motivators for smokers to quit are their own health and their loved ones. Public Health England has released a short film featuring children’s TV and […]