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Stay Well This Winter

Stay Well this Winter

Cold winter weather can seriously affect your health but there are some important things you can do to stay as well as possible. 
For advice and top tips on how to stay well and look after your health in winter, please download the leaflet at the bottom of this page called Help us Help You Stay Well which is also available as an easy read version. 
A video in British Sign Language also has winter health advice  -  watch the BSL video here.  

Flu is a virus that can cause mild or unpleasant illness in most people. It can cause severe illness such as pneumonia and even death among vulnerable groups including older people, pregnant women and people with long-term health conditions.

Who should have a flu jab 

People who are are risk of  serious complications of flu, are advised to have a flu jab each year - it's available free from your GP or a pharmacy if you are pregnant; over 65; have certain long-term medical conditions; receiving carer's allowance; and to young children aged 2-9, or are a frontline health worker.  
Find out more about who should have the flu vaccine. 
Watch the flu jab video in British Sign Language (BSL) about who should have the vaccination. 


The flu vaccine is available free for children aged 2 - 9 years old.

Find out more in the leaflet which you can download at the foot of this page - called Child flu - reasons to vaccinate your child.  

Common winter illnesses and health advice

  • Colds – to ease the symptoms of a cold, drink plenty of fluids and try to rest. Steam inhalation and vapour rubs can also help. Prevent colds from spreading by washing your hands thoroughly, cleaning surfaces regularly and always sneeze and cough into tissues, throwing them away after use.
  • Sore throats – a sore throat is almost always caused by a viral infection, such as a cold. Try not to eat or drink anything that’s too hot, as this could further irritate your throat; cool or warm drinks and cool, soft foods should go down easier.
  • Asthma – a range of weather-related triggers can set off asthma symptoms, including cold air. Covering your nose and mouth with a warm scarf when you’re out can help.
  • Norovirus – this is also known as the winter vomiting bug, although it can cause diarrhoea too. The main thing to do to is drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. You can also take paracetamol for any aches, pains or fever.
  • Flu – if you’re 65 or over, have a long-term health condition such as diabetes or kidney disease, flu can be life-threatening, so it’s important to seek help early. However, if you’re generally fit and healthy, the best treatment is to rest, stay warm and drink plenty of water.  More information about flu, its symptoms and how to treat it on the NHS website.

 For more Winter and other health advice visit NHS Choices website.


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