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How to stay well this winter

Cold and damp weather, ice, snow and high winds can be bad for our health. This is especially true for people aged 65 or older, and people with health conditions such as heart or kidney disease, COPD (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis), asthma or diabetes.

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Tips to stay healthy

The good news is there are lots of steps you can take to support your own health over the winter:
  • Have your flu vaccination and COVID seasonal booster
  • Simply check your eligibility and find out where to get your jabs locally (link to Let’s get vaccinated)
  • Try to avoid picking up bugs
  • Ideally continue to wash your hands regularly, particularly before eating or drinking. If running water isn’t available you could use hand wipes or hand sanitiser.
  • Openings windows and letting fresh air circulate while meeting people indoors helps to keep bugs from building up
  • You may want to consider wearing a face covering in crowded areas.
  • Keep warm
  • Cold weather can affect your body’s ability to fight off viruses and infections. Keeping warm over the winter months can help to prevent cold and flu. We recommend you:
  • Heat your home to 18°C (65°F) or higher if you can
  • Leave your bedroom window shut at night
  • Wear several layers of light clothing
  • Check you’re receiving the financial help and support you are entitled to
  • Make sure heating and cooking appliances are safe