It’s always important to look after yourself, but especially so during the winter. Cold weather can have a serious impact on your health; so if you do start to feel unwell, even with a cough or a cold, get advice from your pharmacist straight away. Your pharmacist can help you with lots of minor ailments, and popping into your local pharmacy can be much quicker and more convenient than having to wait for an appointment with your GP.
The flu virus is much more prevalent at this time of year. NHS Choices has lots of tips and advice about how to reduce the risk of spreading flu – you will have seen posters saying “Catch it. Bin it. Kill it” in healthcare settings throughout the winter.
You are eligible for the free flu vaccine if you are pregnant, are aged 65 years or over, have a long-term health condition (click here for information about eligible conditions), or are a carer. Children aged 2 or 3 years are also eligible.
Ask your GP, pharmacist or midwife about the free flu vaccine.
There are lots of other illnesses and ailments that also tend to flare up during the winter; coughs, colds, sore throats, dry skin are some examples. You can help prevent things like colds taking hold by making sure that you maintain a health diet, keep warm and get enough sleep.
Read more at https://www.nhs.uk/staywell#G4iI171zTKE9bMKY.99