March 15th, 2016
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, ice, snow and high winds can all aggravate any 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.
The flu virus strikes in winter and it can be far more serious than you think. Flu can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and it can be deadly.
Making sure you get your flu jab is one of the most important ways to stay well this winter. That’s why the flu jab is free if you’re aged 65 or over, or if you have a long-term health condition. If you have children or grandchildren aged two, three or four, or in school years one or two they are eligible for a free flu vaccination.
And if you are the main carer of an older or disabled person you may also be eligible for the free flu jab. Just speak to any of our pharmacists, or speak to your GP, for advice.
You can read more information on this year’s flu jab by reading our Flu Jab newsletter for 2015.
Also, don’t forget that if you’re aged 65 or over, you are eligible for the pneumococcal vaccine, which will help protect you from pneumococcal diseases such as pneumonia.
Another important factor to stay well this winter is to keep warm. It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors. Keeping warm over the winter months can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.
You may prefer your main living room to be slightly warmer.
Breathing cold air can be bad for your health as it increases the risk of chest infections.
Try not to sit still for more than an hour or so.
Several layers of light clothes trap warm air better than one bulky layer.
Learn how to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating and keep up with your energy bills at www.gov.uk/phe/keep-warm.
Contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to make sure all of your cooking and heating appliances are working properly.