‘Enjoy the Jubilee Bank Holiday Festivities safely’ says Somerset Public Health

Thursday 2nd June 2022 6:00 am
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THE jubilee celebrations are fast approaching, and Somerset’s Public Health team would like to wish everyone a happy and safe long weekend.

People are encouraged to enjoy the bank holiday sensibly and take very simple steps to protect themselves against Covid-19 and other infectious diseases.

Professor Trudi Grant, Somerset’s director of public health said: “Covid-19 has not gone away and there are several other infectious diseases circulating, so we would like to remind people to take care when mixing with people indoors and outside.

“Whilst the number of Covid-19 cases in Somerset are currently low, people should still take precautions – like taking a lateral flow test if mixing with vulnerable family or friends or staying at home if feeling unwell with a high temperature or flu-like symptoms.

“There are still some simple steps we can all take to reduce the chance of spreading infectious diseases, like Covid-19. Washing your hands frequently and ensuring you cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing can prevent the spread of Covid-19, as well as lots of other common infections. The best protection against Covid-19 is to get fully vaccinated and there are walk-in vaccination centres across Somerset. We know the vaccine is safe, effective and provides the best protection against serious illness from Covid-19, and as legally mandated restrictions have been lifted, our first lines of defence, like vaccinations, become even more vital.”

Dr Charlotte Bigland, consultant in health protection at UKHSA South West said: “Monkeypox is also circulating nationally and internationally, so it’s important to for people to stay vigilant.

There has been a notable number of cases identified among people who are gay, bisexual and/or engage in sexual activity, so we are asking these groups in particular to be aware of the symptoms, particularly if they have recently had a new sexual partner.

“Anyone with unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body should contact 111 or their local sexual health service for advice. If you think you might have Monkeypox, please phone ahead before attending a healthcare setting in person so we can ensure a good clinical experience.”

UKHSA have established a dedicated telephone line for non-clinical enquiries.

The service can be used for direct communication with UKHSA by individuals impacted by monkeypox such as Category 1 (low-risk) contacts, or the public for general queries.

This new service is live and available from 8am-6pm Mon-Fri, and 9am-1pm Sat-Sun. The service can be reached on 0333 2423 672.

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