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Which painkiller?

The type of medicines that you need to treat your pain depend on what type of pain you have. For pain associated with inflammation, such as back pain or headaches, paracetamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers work best. If the pain is caused by sensitive or damaged nerves, as is the case…

Who can have the shingles vaccine?

You are eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 or 78 years old. In addition, anyone who was eligible for immunisation in the previous three years of the programme but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday. This includes: people in their 70s who…

Who should get tested for kidney disease?

Experts suspect there are about a million people with moderate to severe kidney disease who are unaware that they have the condition. A quick simple test is available from your GP. Kidney disease usually has no symptoms until it's at a serious stage. "You can have…

Who should have the BCG (TB) vaccine?

BCG vaccination is only recommended on the NHS for babies, children and adults under the age of 35 who are considered at risk of catching tuberculosis (TB). The BCG vaccine isn't given to anyone over the age of 35, as there's no evidence that it works for people in…

Who should have the chickenpox vaccine?

Chickenpox vaccination isn't routinely available on the NHS, but it is recommended for adults and children in regular or close contact with someone who: has a weakened immune system is at risk of serious illness if they catch chickenpox Vaccination protects the person at risk…

Who should have the flu jab?

Flu is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild or unpleasant illness in most people. It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition. Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of…

Who shouldn't have the flu jab?

Very few people are unable to have the flu jab, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to the flu jab in the past. Egg allergy and the flu jab People who have egg allergy may be at increased…

Why 5 A Day?

Fruit and vegetables are part of a healthy, balanced diet and can help us stay healthy. It's important that we eat enough of them. Evidence shows there are significant health benefits to getting at least five 80g portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. That's five portions…

Why activities matter

Activities Oxfordshire is a partnership between Oxfordshire County Council, our local district councils and other local providers and supporters of posititive activities for young people. Work includes: Oxfordshire Children and Young People's Wellbeing Action Group Area groups (Area Activity Action Groups, Youth Partnerships) Promotional support…

Why am I tired all the time?

Feeling exhausted is so common that it has its own acronym, TATT, which stands for "tired all the time". We all feel tired from time to time. The reasons are usually obvious and include:  too many late nights  long hours spent at work  a baby keeping…