October Newsletter

Time for your Free Flu Jab

Flu is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild or unpleasant illness in most people – but it can also cause severe illness among vulnerable groups including older people and those with an underlying health condition. The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk to ensure they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications. You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you have diabetes (you are also eligible if you are 65 years of age or over). Your GP or pharmacist can give you more information, or you can even find out more from the staff in the chemist at your local supermarket.

Diabetes UK joins forces with Kidney Research UK

More than 22,000 people with diabetes currently need dialysis or a kidney transplant. Diabetes UK's new partnership with Kidney Research UK aims to bring together expertise to understand and ultimately stop kidney disease in people with diabetes. Dr Elizabeth Robertson, Director of Research at Diabetes UK said “As well as supporting healthcare professionals to spot the signs of kidney disease, we need to bring scientific experts together to speed up research into new treatments which can stop kidney disease in its tracks. Working together, our charities believe that we can put a stop to the harm diabetes causes.”

Swindon bitten by “Beat the Street” Bug

Adults and children across Swindon have been getting out and exercising more as part of a brand new fitness initiative that has taken the entire town by storm. Beat the Street involves people walking, running or cycling between designated points across Swindon and using interactive swipe cards to track their distance as they go. After just a few days, more than 24,000 people had signed up to take part in this town-wide game, which runs until 24th October.  To find out more, visit www.beatthestreet.me/swindon. Will you be playing?