Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or over and people with long-term health conditions.
Here are some simple things you can do to protect yourself this winter:
- Keep warm – this may help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia
- Eat well – food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm. So, try to have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day
- Get a flu jab – flu vaccination is offered free of charge to people who are at risk, pregnant women, carers and some young children to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications. Read more about who should have a flu vaccination and why HERE – we are currently compiling the list of local flu clinics and we’ll be updating this list as we receive the information from GP practices HERE
Find out more about treating common winter illnesses:
- Colds – to ease the symptoms of a cold, drink plenty of fluids and try to rest. Steam inhalation and vapour rubs can also help. Prevent colds from spreading by washing your hands thoroughly, cleaning surfaces regularly and always sneeze and cough into tissues, throwing them away after use
- Sore throats – a sore throat is almost always caused by a viral infection, such as a cold. Try not to eat or drink anything that’s too hot, as this could further irritate your throat; cool or warm drinks and cool, soft foods should go down easier
- Asthma – a range of weather-related triggers can set off asthma symptoms, including cold air. Covering your nose and mouth with a warm scarf when you’re out can help
- Norovirus – this is also known as the winter vomiting bug, although it can cause diarrhoea too. The main thing to do to is drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. You can also take paracetamol for any aches, pains or fever
- Flu – if you’re 65 or over, have a long-term health condition such as diabetes or kidney disease, flu can be life-threatening, so it’s important to seek help early. However, if you’re generally fit and healthy, the best treatment is to rest, stay warm and drink plenty of water.
Find out more about Stay Well This Winter
Download this handy guide to staying well this winter HERE
View the TV advertisements for the NHS ‘Stay Well This Winter’ campaign: