Flu is a common infectious illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you'll usually begin to feel better
within about a week.
However for young children, people aged over 65, people with long-term health conditions and pregnant women flu can be far more
It can lead to serious health complications including bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections.
That’s why all children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four will be offered a free nasal flu vaccine at
Younger children aged two and three, older people and pregnant women can receive their free vaccination at their GP’s
Keep you and your family healthy and well this winter by making sure they get their flu vaccination.
To find out more visit NHS Choices here http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/Pages/Introduction.aspx
DERBYSHIRE GOLD CARD HOLDERS – RENEWAL
Gold Card holders are reminded to check validity dates on their cards as
thousands are due to expire in the next few months.
Gold Card is Derbyshire’s equivalent of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) which allows older and people with certain disabilities to travel free-of-charge,
off-peak on local buses.
It can also be used to get discounts at around 700 local shops and businesses and to borrow items from any Derbyshire or Derby city library.
Most Gold Cards are valid for five years. Around 108,000 of the 185,000 cards currently in circulation will need renewing soon - with the majority expiring in September and October
Existing Gold Card holders who haven’t yet received a new card, and whose card expires within the next two months, are now urged to renew their cards online. This can be done at
Councillor Trevor Ainsworth, Derbyshire County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “Cards are issued automatically when the personal
information we hold exactly matches electoral data. Where we haven’t been able to check this cardholders will have to renew themselves.”
Councillor Ainsworth added: “It is simple to renew and in the first week around 500 Gold Card holders have successfully requested new cards. I would encourage others to follow this
lead so they can continue to benefit from free travel and other discounts.”
The form can be completed by Gold Card holders whose circumstances have not changed since they were issued with their current card and disabled cardholders who do not need to show
continuing proof of eligibility.
Any cardholder whose circumstances have changed since they were issued with their present card – for example cardholders who have moved address within Derbyshire or changed their
name – cannot apply online.
Cardholders are encouraged to complete the online form themselves or with help from family or friends. Online renewals can also be made at Derbyshire libraries where staff can help
Anyone unable to renew online should get in touch with their district, borough or Derby City Council – the local council area where council tax is
First-time Gold Card applicants will need to complete a different application form. This can be downloaded at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/goldcard. Printed copies are also available
at local council offices or Derbyshire libraries.
Details of proof required to confirm applicants’ eligibility is listed in the application form.
Cardholders who move out of Derbyshire are no longer eligible for a Gold Card but can still apply for the equivalent in their new local authority