The Flu Vaccination – who should have it and why

Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children who are most at risk from flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:

· Anyone aged 65 and over
· Pregnant Women
· Children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long term heart or respiratory disease)
· Children and adults with weakened immune systems

The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS each year to anyone in these risk groups. It is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death among at risk groups, including older people, pregnant women and those with an underlying medical health condition..
Morland House will be running Saturday flu clinics throughout the winter, starting Saturday 29th Sept. Please contact our reception team on 01865 872448 to book an appointment.

NEW! Councils can now collect and recycle used cooking oil as part of the food waste service

Love chips? Roasts? Cooked breakfasts? Samosas and Sausages?

All are delicious, but they do leave greasy leftovers..….which South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils can now take care of thanks to their new cooking oil recycling service for residents.
Oil is collected every week as part of both districts’ food waste collections.
After cooking, any leftover oil should be allowed to cool before being poured into a plastic bottle no bigger than a 1 litre size. The bottle and its contents can then be placed into the resident’s kerbside food waste caddy along with other food waste and put out for the weekly collection.
Cllr Caroline Newton, South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for environmental services said: “We all know that cooking oil and fat shouldn’t be poured down sinks as it can cause blockages, but it can be difficult to dispose of. This is why I welcome the start of this new service for residents, collecting cooking oil from their homes every week.”
Cllr Elaine Ware South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for environmental services added: “The oil is recycled along with the rest of the food waste which is transformed into electricity at the food waste recycling plant. The oil is highly calorific and so makes a lot of energy.”
One litre of cooking oil can generate enough electricity to make 240 cups of tea!

For those residents not wishing to use a plastic bottle, oil can also be poured straight into the caddy along with other food waste.

Bank Holiday Bins

There will be no bin collections on Bank Holiday Monday 27 August. Everyone’s bins will then be collected one day later than usual, so food waste, recycling and garden waste (if you have this service) will be collected on Tuesday 28th August.

Over 60? Swim all September for just £5!

Residents of southern Oxfordshire aged 60 and over can sign up for a month’s swimming for just £5 thanks to a special September offer from South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils and ‘Better’ leisure centres.
Would-be swimmers simply register for the offer by visiting the GO Active Gold website or by calling 01235 422219 by 27 September.
Once they have received confirmation they can visit the participating leisure centres throughout September to swim as many times as they like for a one-off payment of £5. The month-long swim deal will start from the date of the first swim.
The scheme is part of the district councils’ GO Active Gold programme, funded by Sport England, which aims to increase health and well-being among people aged 60 and over living in rural areas across South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse.
The participating centres are:

Abbey Sports Centre, Berinsfield
Didcot Wave
Faringdon Leisure Centre
Henley Leisure Centre
Thame Leisure Centre
Wantage Leisure Centre
White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre, Abingdon

Since 2016 GO Active Gold has reached more than 3,000 residents across 48 rural communities. 29 new communities have been added for 2018 – for details about where and when activities are taking place please visit the GO Active Gold website.

Note: This offer is not available to existing ‘Better’ members or those that have held a membership in the previous three months. This offer has limited availability, so register early to avoid disappointment.