Category Health Protection

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 […]

Trudi Grant and Sparky the dragon get a flu jab on film

Trudi Grant, Somerset Director of Public Health, and ‘Sparky the dragon’ the Somerset County Council mascot had their flu jabs this week. They had their flu jabs on film to show people that it is quick and easy and to remind people that there is still time to get vaccinated. Watch the films here: Trudi […]

Somerset urges parents to vaccinate children against flu

Somerset County Council is urging parents across the county to ensure young children are vaccinated against flu. Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children as they suffer the same symptoms as adults, including fever, chills and aching muscles and in some cases more serious consequences such as pneumonia and sepsis. The vaccination for […]

Quit for Stoptober

Somerset County Council is urging smokers to take on the 28 days quitting challenge for Stoptober from 1 October. Stoptober is the national quit smoking campaign from Public Health England (PHE) back for the fifth year having driven almost one million quit attempts across the country. Last year over 20,000 people attempted to go smoke […]