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Health and Wellbeing - Stay Well This Winter

Cumbria County Council is supporting Stay Well This Winter.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign is a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, to help the public, and in particular those with long-term conditions and those over 65 prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses so they do not require a visit to the hospital.

Top-tips

Cold weather doesn't have to go hand in hand with illness. Here are some simple things you can do to help yourself stay well this winter.

  • Keep warm - this may help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia.

  • 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 - protect against flu by getting the flu vaccination, those over 65, pregnant women, children aged 2-4 and in school years 1 and 2 and people with long-term health conditions can receive this free from their GP or midwife.

Be ready

  • Warm - Keep your house warm this winter

  • Immunisations - Get your flu vaccination

  • Neighbours - Keep an eye on elderly neighbours and relatives

  • Timely - Seek advice from your GP, midwife or local pharmacist at first sign of illness

  • Enough - Pick up repeat prescriptions so you have enough while pharmacies/surgeries are closed

  • Restock - Make sure you have enough food and medicine in the cupboard

If you do need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit the NHS website. The Stay Well This Winter campaign can help you and your family prepare for winter.