As temperatures drop, Knowsley’s Public Health team has issued some advice to help us Stay Well this Winter.
The Stay Well This Winter campaign is aimed at helping people with long-term health conditions and those over 65 prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses.
For those with long term health conditions such as COPD; bronchitis, emphysema; diabetes; heart or kidney disease or for those who have suffered a stroke, cold weather, and winter illnesses such as flu, can make health problems far worse.
There are a number of things you can do to prepare against the cold weather:
- At the first sign of a cough or cold, get immediate advice from your pharmacist before it gets more serious
Speak to your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock over winter
- Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start as many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays
- It is important to keep warm in winter, so heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer
- Make sure you get your flu jab
- Remember to wash your hands. Good hand hygiene is effective in preventing the spread of the flu virus and other illnesses.
- If you need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit the NHS website.
The Stay Well This Winter campaign can help you and your family prepare for winter. Visit the Stay Well part of the NHS website.