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Stay Well This Winter

Date: 12 November 2015

Stay well this winter

 

Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or older and people with long term conditions. The cold and damp weather can aggravate existing health problems and make us more vulnerable to illnesses that are more common in winter. Being cold can raise the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.   But there are lots of things you can do to stay well this winter.

 

  • Make sure you get your free flu jab if you are eligible for one.   The flu virus can be more serious than you think.  It can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia. 
  • Keep warm both inside and outside your home.  Keeping warm can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.   Wearing lots of layers rather than one thick layer helps to keep you warmer.
  • If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s just a cough or cold then get help from your pharmacist quickly before it gets more serious.   Pharmacists are fully qualified to advise you on the best course of action.
  • Always take your medicines as prescribed.
  • Most common winter ailments such as a cold, sore throat, cough, sinusitis or earache can’t be treated with antibiotics.   The best thing to do is rest, drink plenty of fluids, have at least one hot meal a day and talk to your pharmacist for advice about pain relief.
  • Look out for other people who may need a bit of extra help over winter.
  • Check out that you are getting all the financial help you may be entitled to.  Learn how to make your home more energy efficient.  More information is at gov.uk/phe/keep-warm

 

You can read more information in this information booklet about how to stay well over winter or visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

  • Summary:

    Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or older and people with long term conditions. The cold and damp weather can aggravate existing health problems and make us more vulnerable to illnesses that are more common in winter. Being cold can raise the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.   But there are lots of things you can do to stay well this winter.

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