Stay Well This Winter 2017
The NHS has put together some helpful advice to help you stay well and out of hospital this winter:
- Don't put off getting the flu vaccination. If you're eligible get it now. It's free because you need it. This is the best protection we have against unpredictable viruses. It is vital that those eligible have it every year as the vaccine protects against different strains of flu which can change and/or evolve each year and is particularly important for those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu, including people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and those with long term health conditions. For young children, the flu vaccine is just a quick, painless nasal spray.
- If you start to feel unwell, at the first sign of a winter illness, even if it is just a cough or cold, get advice from your pharmacist before it gets more serious. This is particularly important if you have a long-term health condition like COPD, bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart or kidney disease or have suffered a stroke.
- Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start. Many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays. It is important to keep warm in winter, both inside and outdoors, as it can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes pneumonia and depression.
- Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can. Make sure you’re receiving all the help to heat your home that you are entitled to. Find out more here: nhs.uk/staywell
- Speak to your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock to help get you and your family through the winter season. Keeping an eye out for elderly relatives, neighbors, and other elderly members of the community as they are more vulnerable in the winter months and may need a bit of extra help. Makes sure you keep in touch, check if they are feeling under the weather, help them stock up of food supplies and make sure they have the necessary medication before the Christmas holidays or a spell of bad weather.