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Keep warm to keep well this winter

Published Tuesday 14 January 2020 at 14:23

During winter we are all more likely to get ill but it’s not just illnesses like coughs, colds and flu we need to protect ourselves from.

Many excess winter deaths are attributable to respiratory disease and over half to cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks and strokes.  It is especially important to look out for older neighbours or relatives during the winter to make sure they are safe and well.

Also, at this time of year, the likelihood of slipping and tripping on icy ground increases and fractured and broken bones can lead to further complications, such as blood clots and pressure sores.

The Met Office has posted some seasonal advice on staying well during the winter.

Public Health England has produced this animation showing what cold weather does to our health, and what we can do to protect our friends and families:

You can also follow these top tips which will help you keep your home warm, keep on top of your bills and keep healthy:

Heat your home well
By setting your heating to the right temperature (between 18-21ºC) you can still keep your home warm and lower your bills.  If you feel cold at night, use a hot water bottle or electric blanket – but never use both together. It is especially important if you’re at home all day.

Get financial support
There are grants, benefits and sources of advice available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills.

Eat well and have plenty of fluids
Food and water are vital sources of energy and they help keep your body warm. Try to make sure you and your family have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day.

Get a flu jab
You can get a free flu jab to protect against seasonal flu from your GP if you are over 65, pregnant, or have a long-term condition.

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