The Stay Well This Winter campaign is a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, to help the public, and in particular those with long-term conditions and those over 65 prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses so they do not require a visit to the hospital.
Winter can be challenging on the health of these groups but there a number of things which can help prepare against the cold weather.
Protect against flu by getting the flu vaccination. Those over 65, pregnant women, children aged two to four and in school years one, two and three, and people with long-term health conditions can receive this free from their GP or pharmacist.
Dr Alan Dow, GP and Chair of NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG, explains why getting the flu vaccination is vital in keeping you and your family healthy this winter
It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors, so if possible keep homes at least 18°C (65°F) and at the first sign of illness, seek immediate advice and help from your pharmacist. Take prescribed medicines as directed.
If you do need help when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk.
For more information on staying well this winter go to the NHS Stay Well this Winter website.