Keep Healthy!

Spring may be around the corner but we’ve still got a few more weeks of winter to get through. Tips from Public Health England to keep healthy during winter:

  • If you’re 65 and over, make sure you by getting your free flu vaccine before the end of November. Visit your GP or local pharmacy to find out more
  • If you are the main carer for someone who is elderly or disabled, speak to your GP or pharmacist about having a flu vaccine along with the person you care for flu vaccine
  • Check up on your elderly neighbour or relative. Winter can be an isolating time for some people. Why not pop in for a cuppa or ask if they need anything from the shops?
  • Cold weather triggers asthma symptoms. Make sure you have your reliever inhaler on you throughout winter
  • Keep curtains closed to stop draughts at night
  • Two layers are better than one. Keep warm and layer up this winter
  • Got cold feet? Keep warm in bed with a hot water bottle or electric blanket
  • Try to keep your home at least 18C
  • Most common winter ailments, such as; coughs, colds, sore throat and earache cannot be treated with antibiotics. It’s important that you get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluid, have a hot meal and see your pharmacist if you need further advice.
  • Consult a pharmacist at the first signs of a winter illness. They’re medically trained and can provide appointment free advice
  • Feeling under the weather? Not sure which service can help you? Call NHS 111, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Keeping active will help you stay healthy (and warm!) If you can’t make it outside, walking and stretching in doors is a good alternative
  • Getting outside while its light can help fight off winter tiredness.

Find out about the best ways to stay well this winter: https://www.nhs.uk/staywell/