Your 2021 health checklist

Health is wealth, right? So get yours on track for the new year with our need-to-know guide

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Say what?

Nearly 7 million of us could benefit from help with our hearing, which could give us greater confidence and improve our communication skills. Noticed a difference in your hearing? Click here to book a free Hearing Health Check at a Boots Hearingcare store near you*.


Seven in 10 office workers upped their screen use during lockdown, with millions suffering eye issues as a result. You should have your eyes checked every two years. If yours is due, book one at, or call 0345 125 3752**.

Be good to your gut: Dos and Don’ts

Did you know that 70% of immune cells are found in the gut? And as your gut feeling is rarely wrong, it’s time to take care of yours…

DO: cut down on fat. Burgers and fried food, we’re talking about you!

DO: consider Boots Good Gut Live Friendly Bacteria. They contain more than 25 billion biotic cultures, plus calcium** to support gut health.

DON’T: ignore gut-symptom triggers (such as heartburn and wind). It helps to keep a food diary, so you can identify – and avoid – the food and drink that trigger symptoms.

DON’T: overdo it on fizzy and caffeinated drinks, as they’re known to cause bloating and heartburn. Swap for herbal tea or water.

Stub it out!

More than half of smokers aged 16 and over say they want to quit. The NHS Stop Smoking Service is a good start:

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How can I help support my immunity?

Start by eating well and fill your plate with greens, grains and healthy fats. Sleep is vital, too: getting enough shut-eye helps improve the function of your immune cells, so make bedtime your bestie. Regular exercise has been shown to give a little boost to your immune system. Also, keeping fit means a lower risk of developing some long-term health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes.

What a pain

The average adult experiences two headaches a week, with a typical one lasting 3½ hours. Ouch!

1 in 5 Brits has missed more than one day of work due to back pain.

Millions of us admit to suffering pain in silence to avoid annoying others.

Consider keeping Nurofen 200mg Tablets to hand. Contains ibuprofen; always read the leaflet.

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Did you know?

In clinical trials, the HPV vaccine has been over 99% effective at preventing pre-cancer caused by HPV types 16/18 in young women – which are linked to 70% of cervical cancers. Check out the Boots HPV Vaccination Service for men and women aged 12-44(handy if you or your children are outside the age range of the NHS programme).

… of hospital admissions each year in England are due to pneumonia. So, get long-term protection with the Boots Pneumonia Vaccination Service.
P.S. Over 65? You’re eligible for a free NHS pneumonia vaccination††.

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Your flu buys

It’s official: having flu sucks! Help fight symptoms fast with these‡‡:

EXCLUSIVE Boots Max Strength Cold & Flu Relief Day & Night Capsules can help relieve symptoms. Always read the leaflet.

Breathe more easily with Peach Ethical Vapour Rub.

Help soothe the symptoms of coughs and sore throats with Covonia Dry & Tickly Cough Linctus. Contains glycerol; always read the label.


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Beat the bloat

From mindful munching to reducing everyday stresses – and when to see your GP – here are some effective ways to reduce that feeling of windy discomfort you may experience after eating. Plus, if you know you’re intolerant to lactose, relief is also at hand, thanks to the easy-to-take Milkaid* range for adults and children. (Gets out the cheeseboard!)

*Please read the enclosed leaflet carefully. Tolerance to lactose is variable, so please seek advice on the role of lactase enzyme
in your diet.

*To book a free Hearing Health Check at a Boots Hearingcare store, go to Subject to appointment availability. One free Hearing Health Check per year. Over-18s only. **Local call rates apply; mobiles may vary. **†Calcium contributes to the normal function of digestive enzymes. †The Boots Pneumonia Vaccination Service costs £70; subject to eligibility criteria, specially trained pharmacist and stock availability; in selected stores. ††Some under-65s with long-term conditions, such as diabetes, are also eligible for the NHS service. This is a different type of vaccination from the one used in the Boots service, so you may want to consider having both to further increase your protection against pneumonia. ‡Subject to eligibility; the number of vaccinations you need depends on your age; if you choose to pay for each vaccination individually, they will each cost £165. Subject to availability. ‡‡Speak to your pharmacy team for advice on suitable products.