Vitamin D helps keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. People who don’t have enough vitamin D are more likely to fall or break bones.
A good source of vitamin D is sunlight, but it can be hard to get enough in winter as the sun is not strong enough for the body to make vitamin D. This is why doctors recommend that everyone takes vitamin D supplements (tablets) during winter.
Vitamin D is widely available in most supermarkets and pharmacies. You do not need a prescription.
In Newham, some residents can get vitamin D tablets for free.
Free vitamin D Supplements for Newham residents
Newham residents aged 65 or over are eligible for free vitamin D supplements to help stay healthy this winter (2021/22). Find out more on our vitamin D webpages.
All pregnant women, new mothers and children under the age of 4 years can access free vitamins, including the recommended amount of vitamin D, in Newham. Find out more on our Healthy Start website page.
For more information about vitamin D, please visit the NHS webpage on vitamin D and information on How to get vitamin D from sunlight on the NHS website.