Pendleton Together backs 2017 Stay Well This Winter campaign
Pendleton Together is supporting a new campaign launched by Public Health England and NHS England to help the most vulnerable people prepare for the colder weather and avoid the most common winter illnesses.
We all know that winter brings dangers to many people’s health, particularly those of retirement age or older.
Cold weather can weaken the immune system, increase blood pressure, thicken the blood and lower body temperature.
It also increases risks of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.
However, there are a number of simple things you can do to keep you and your family well this winter.
- If you start to feel unwell, even if it is just a cough or cold, get advice from your pharmacist before it gets more serious
- Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination - if you’re eligible, get it now
- Make sure you speak to your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock to help get you and your family through the winter season
- Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start
- Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F) and keep your living room slightly warmer if you can
- Keep a watch on elderly relatives and neighbours when the temperature drops
For more information on the Stay Well This Winter campaign, visit https://www.nhs.uk/staywell