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Prevent coronavirus from spreading

Public health adviceCases of coronavirus are rising in Camden and across all of London, and the number of new cases is increasing more rapidly now than in previous weeks. It’s therefore more important than ever that everyone continues to follow public health advice.

Coronavirus usually spreads through the droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, or by touching an object or surface that has the virus on it and then touching our own mouth, nose or eyes. We can prevent it spreading and keep ourselves and loved ones safe by:

  • Washing our hands regularly with warm, soapy water
  • Wearing a face covering in indoor public spaces, making sure it covers our nose and mouth. And consider wearing one if you are visiting a person with underlying health conditions, along with taking other precautions
  • Staying 2 meters away from people we don’t live with
  • Not socialising indoors or outdoors in groups of more than six people

Coronavirus can spread wherever we are - including when we visit the homes of loved ones. By following the above advice wherever we go, we can keep ourselves, loved ones and others in our community safe.

We are also urging residents who develop symptoms to self-isolate and get tested via nhs.uk/coronavirus or by phoning 119. But we know that self-isolating isn’t always easy so if anyone needs help to self-isolate, whether it be to access food or medicine or support to home-school your children, we are here to help. You can call us on 020 7974 4444 (option 9) – the helpline is open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday but if your need is urgent and it cannot wait, you can also contact them outside these hours. You can also visit camden.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information, advice and support.

Book an appointment to have your flu vaccine

Flu season is coming and this year, it’s more important than ever to have the flu vaccine – including children who can spread it to people who are more vulnerable.

The flu vaccine won’t protect you from coronavirus, but having coronavirus and flu at the same time can make you seriously ill – particularly if you have underlying health conditions.

You can get a free flu vaccine if you’re:

  • over the age of 65
  • have underlying health conditions
  • are a carer of an older or disabled person, or
  • live with someone who was previously shielding.

School-aged children will be vaccinated in school (please look out for the consent form), pregnant women through their midwifery service and adults at the pharmacy or GP surgery.

Please be aware that the adult flu vaccine does not contain pork gelatine, but the child vaccine, administered via a nasal spray, contains a tiny amount. However, the child vaccine has been approved as kosher by Rabbi Abraham Adler from the Kashrus and Medicines Information Service, who has advised the Government on kashrut issues.

The Muslim Council of Britain in collaboration with the British Islamic Medical Association has launched a campaign called ‘Operation Vaccination’ to encourage Muslim communities across the country to get vaccinated.

If any parents are uncomfortable with this, they can speak to their child’s school nurse or GP for advice.

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