Keeping healthy this winter

Winter brings with it lots of different challenges for everyone and In my last post, I touched on our winter preparations from a highways point of view.  Well, gritting crews saw their first bit of action this winter and were rolled out as the temperatures dropped close to freezing.

But it’s not just the roads we need to look after, it’s important that everyone stays healthy over the winter months. We’re reminding the elderly and vulnerable that they shouldn’t hesitate, but seek help from their pharmacist at the first sign of an illness – even if it’s just a cough or a cold.

Free flu jabs are also available for the over-65s, the pregnant, those with long-term health conditions and for carers. Children aged two to eight can also have a free vaccine, but they have it as a nasal spray, rather than an injection.  I would urge anyone who is eligible for the vaccinations to have them as soon as possible if they haven’t already done so.

Although it has been quite mild up to now, it’s important to keep warm indoors and outdoors as it helps prevent colds, flu and more serious problems including heart attacks, pneumonia and strokes.  But as the colder nights do draw in, older neighbours, friends and relatives will be more vulnerable and may need a little extra help. Please keep in touch with them and check they’re warm and have enough healthy food to keep them going.

You can get more advice about keeping yourself and your family healthy this winter by clicking here.

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