Stay Well this Winter

6 November 2019
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Cold weather can be very harmful, especially for people aged 65 or older, people with long term health conditions, carers and pregnant women.

As the weather gets colder, we are encouraging our residents to keep warm and stay well this winter. Here are a few tips:

  1. Get the flu jab- Flu can also cause serious illnesses– in the worst cases death. The flu vaccine is the best protection we have against the viruses that are common this winter. Visit your GP or local participating pharmacist today to get the flu vaccine.

Free flu vaccinations are available in England for those who are more at risk:

  • Aged 65 or older
  • People with a disability or long term illness
  • Carers of older or disabled people
  • Pregnant women
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • Children aged 2 & 3 (visit your GP only)
  • Children in primary school (schools will be holding vaccination sessions call 020 8017 4291 or email walthamforest@vaccinationuk.co.uk for details)

Visit Waltham Forest CCG for more information around flu vaccine

  1. Keep warm – Heat your home to at least 18°C(65°F). Breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.  Hot food and drinks will help keep your body warm.
  2. Take advantage of financial schemes and discounts to help you pay for heating. You may qualify for financial support with your heating bills. Visit Waltham Forest council website to find out more.
  3. Act early- If you start to feel unwell, even if it is just a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets worse, get help from your pharmacist. The sooner you get advice the better.
  4. Keep an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours, and support them in the cold weather to help them Stay Well This Winter.

Visit www.nhs.uk/staywell or Public Health England for more helpful tips and advice.

For more information visit our health and wellbeing website.