Stay Well This Winter

17 Nov

Winter is around the corner and with it cold and flu season.

Winter can be seriously bad for our health and a challenging time for the NHS, housing social care and voluntary services.  A joint national initiative from NHS England and Public Health England called Stay Well This Winter,  started in October to help people aged 65 or over, those with long-term health conditions, pregnant women and parents of children aged two, three and four and in school years 1 and 2 stay well this winter. We have also created a flu myths film to support PR and social which can be seen here.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign was launched15 October 2015.The campaign is not about preventing those that need urgent care from going to hospital, but aims to help those that are most vulnerable to falling seriously ill with winter ailments avoid needing hospital treatment by providing simple advice to protect them. Advice includes:

  • Getting a flu vaccination
  • Heat your home to at least 18 degrees C (65f), if you can
  • Seeking immediate advice and help from a pharmacist as soon as they feel unwell, before it gets too serious
  • Keeping an eye on elderly or frail friends, neighbours and relatives
  • Getting prescriptions before Christmas Eve
  • Take your prescribed medicines as directed.

These illnesses can be particularly serious for people aged 65 or older, and people with long-term health conditions. Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination, if you’re eligible get it now. It’s free because you need it!

Visit the NHS Stay Well Web page: http://www.nhs.uk/staywell/

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