Category Health Protection

Stoptober –a time to quit and reduce your risk

It’s ‘Stoptober’ this month and Somerset County Council is encouraging smokers to quit to benefit their health – and help reduce the risk of catching serious respiratory infections this winter. Smokers have an increased risk of contracting respiratory infections and are more likely to have more severe symptoms once infected. Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms and flu […]

Board urges people to follow government guidelines as Mendip sees increase in positive coronavirus cases

The Somerset Local Outbreak Engagement Board is urging people in the Mendip area to stay vigilant after a significant rise in positive coronavirus cases. Although the rates of infection remain low in Somerset as a whole, there is an increase in numbers in the county with more cases emerging in Mendip. Of the 59 new […]

Cover-up on school transport students are urged

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education is asking all secondary age pupils who can, to start wearing face coverings on dedicated school transport. It is not currently mandatory for school pupils to wear coverings on home to school transport – it is left to the discretion of parents. But wearing face coverings on public […]

Parent hacks – digital toolkit launched to help Somerset parents

A new online maternity toolkit designed to offer accessible information to families about pregnancy and parenthood has been launched in Somerset for World Breastfeeding Week, 1st – 7th August. The new Somerset Maternity Toolkit, from Somerset County Council and the wider Local Maternity System (LMS) offers trustworthy information and digital support from pre-conception information and […]

Immunisation programme restarts to keep secondary school children protected

Young people will continue to be protected against infection and disease as school age immunisation resumes for year eight and year nine students in the South West. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools were closed and community clinics cancelled, which meant that eligible secondary students were unable to receive their routine vaccinations against Human Papillomavirus […]

Coronavirus testing centre – by appointment only

Testing for the coronavirus continues over the weekend in Somerset but please be aware this is for key workers by appointment only. Bookings for tests must be made via the Government portal  – please do not turn up without a booking as you will not be tested. The Taunton centre is open from 10am to […]

Age is no protection!

Latest figures reveal Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV in Somerset are on the increase – and Somerset County Council is reminding everyone this World Aids Day (1 December) that ‘age is no protection’. Somerset has seen an increase year on year in the number of people being diagnosed with HIV. The County does not […]

Roadshow brings Somerset’s Local Offer to your doorstep

An online one-stop-shop for education, health and social care information for children with Special Education Needs is being promoted at roadshows across Somerset. The events in Frome, Bridgwater, Compton Dundon and Wincanton are highlighting the Local Offer website published by Somerset County Council and the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group. It contains clear information about the […]

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 […]