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Confused about cold and flu?

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coldfluUnderstanding the difference between cold and flu can be a bit confusing. Part of the confusion is because colds and flu can share similar symptoms, such as a cough, sore throat and headache, but each is caused by different viruses. 

Retired nurse is one of 7,000 people living in the West Midlands feeling the benefits of the new NHS diabetes prevention programme

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Mrs Baldev Ahluwalia hi resMrs Baldev Ahluwalia, who lives in Sandwell, is just one of 7,485* people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the West Midlands.

But thanks to the NHS diabetes prevention programme, Mrs Ahluwalia has a new lease of life. Today, on World Diabetes Day, Mrs Ahluwalia wants to help raise awareness of the condition and how others at risk could avoid this life-threatening disease.

Embracing Self Care for Life

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SCWposter 595x412Embracing Self Care for Life is the theme of Self Care Week, the annual initiative which aims to help you stay healthy for your whole life.

Self Care Week takes place 13 – 19 November and is run by the Self Care Forum. The Self Care Forum aims to further the reach of self care and embed it into everyday life. It promotes improved awareness of services such as local pharmacies for minor ailments and advice about medications; flu vaccinations and improved management of long term conditions such as respiratory and heart conditions. 

Protect your unborn baby with a free flu jab

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Almost eleven thousand pregnant women in the Birmingham and Solihull area left themselves and their unborn child at risk of the flu last year, NHS figures have revealed. The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are encouraging all pregnant women to get their free flu vaccination before the flu virus starts circulating.

Statistics from Public Health England* reveal that 10,668 pregnant women in Birmingham and Solihull did not protect themselves or their unborn baby from the dangers of flu last winter, and just 41% of pregnant women took up the offer of a free flu jab last year.

Preventing 400 cases of diabetes in Solihull

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More than 400 people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in Solihull have been asked to take part in a local health programme to help them change their lifestyle and reduce their risk. 

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme offers series of free classes which cover healthy eating and weight management. Since August 2016, 414 referrals have been made.

Type 2 diabetes is very serious and can lead to serious health complications such as heart disease and stroke. It is also preventable with a few simple lifestyle changes. In Solihull GPs can refer patients onto the programme if a blood test shows that they may be at risk of developing the condition.