Follow our top tips below to help you take care of yourself this winter.

Make sure you get your flu jab

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.

That’s why the flu jab is free if you’re aged 65 or over, or if you have a long-term health condition. Children aged two, three, or four, or in school years one and two can have a free nasal spray flu vaccine. Just speak to your GP, or get your free jab through a participating pharmacy.

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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.

  • Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F).
  • Keep your bedroom window closed on winter nights. Because breathing cold air can be bad for your health as it increases the risk of chest infections.
  • Keep active when you’re indoors. Try not to sit still for more than an hour or so.
  • Wear several layers of light clothes because they trap warm air better than one bulky layer.

Feeling unwell? Take the Fast track to the right care

Advice and care is available much nearer to home than you might realise. Make a stop at the right service to make sure you get the help and treatment you need. Here is some information on services that can help you shortcut your way to care.

Pharmacy Opening Times over Christmas/New Year Period

Please find the opening times for local pharmacies over the Christmas/New Year period here.

Look out for other people

Remember that other people like older neighbours, friends and family members, may need a bit of extra help over the winter. There’s a lot you can do to help people.     

  • Keep in touch with your friends, neighbours and family and ask if they need any practical help, or if they’re feeling under the weather.
  • Make sure they’re stocked up with enough food supplies for a few days, in case they can’t go out.
  • If they do need to go out in the cold, encourage them to wear shoes with a good grip and a scarf around the mouth to protect them from the cold air, and to reduce their risk of chest infections.

Be Prepared

Make sure you get any prescription medicines before the Christmas holidays and if bad weather is forecast. If you do need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 and speak to a call adviser who will be able to direct you to a local service that is open.