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Help to keep yourself well this winter

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Help to keep yourself well this winter

Posted on Tuesday 26th January 2016

Doctors are urging people to take steps to keep themselves well this winter.

The cold weather can often cause symptoms of illness, but many of them can be tackled by taking some simple steps and by visiting your local pharmacy.

Here are some simple tips to help you stay well this winter.

  • Keep warm –If you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, you should heat your home to at least 18C. If you're under 65 and healthy and active, you can safely have your house cooler than 18C, if you're comfortable.
  • Eat well – food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm. So, try to have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day.
  • Get a flu jab – flu vaccination is offered free of charge to people who are at risk, pregnant women, carers and some young children to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.

You can also ease many symptoms of winter illness with medication readily available in pharmacies.

Pharmacists are experts in many aspects of healthcare and can offer advice on a wide range of long-term conditions and common illnesses such as coughs, colds and stomach upsets. Your pharmacist will be able to advise if you need further medical attention.

Dr David Rogers, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group’s Medical Director, said: “Winter weather often means many of us are spending more time indoors and unfortunately feeling unwell with coughs, colds and other viruses, which can be picked up through family, friends and colleagues at work.

“Sometimes these winter bugs result in more people wanting to see their GP, attend accident and emergency or call 999. However, most of these ailments can actually be treated at home or with the advice of your local pharmacist, with pain killers, rest and plenty of fluids.

“By doing this, not only are you helping to reduce the spread of winter viruses to other vulnerable patients in waiting rooms, you are also keeping appointments available for people who have serious health conditions which require a doctor or nurse.”

If you need medical advice you can call NHS 111 for free 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For further information on how you can keep well this winter including advice, articles and tips visit: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/winterhealth/Pages/Winterhealthhome.aspx|

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Posted on Tuesday 26th January 2016


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