Posted: Thursday 7th December 2017
It’s that time of year again when we all have to keep an extra eye on our health and the health of those around us who may be a bit more vulnerable in the cold weather.
That’s why Hertfordshire County Council is reminding residents of a few simple precautions they can take to make sure they stay in the best of health this winter.
We expect a particularly severe flu season this year, so please do make sure you and your children get a flu jab or nasal spray. This can protect you and those around you, especially if you fall into one of the vulnerable groups entitled to a free jab.
It can be a good idea to put together a winter health ‘first aid’ kit for use at home, including a supply of cold and flu remedies and a few essential food items in case you can’t get out for a few days.
If you or your children do start to feel ill, get advice from your pharmacy straight away and take any medicines prescribed as directed. Remember that antibiotics don’t cure colds or viruses so don’t always expect a prescription. However if you are prescribed antibiotics, it is important to finish the course. Don’t forget that many surgeries and pharmacies close over Christmas so get any repeat prescriptions filled in advance.
For urgent health matters that are not an emergency - or if you’re not sure whether you should go to A&E - call NHS 111 to help you get the right treatment.
We know it can be difficult for many people to heat their homes at this time of year. The new Hertfordshire Warmer Homes scheme can help people who are struggling to keep their home warm this winter, so if you need help contact HertsHelp to find out more about this and other help available.
There’s also support available if you, or someone you know, is feeling lonely or struggling to cope at this time of year. Please try to check on vulnerable neighbours to see if they need help with medicines or shopping and if you’re feeling in need of support yourself contact HertsHelp to find out about community schemes in your area that might help you.
Let’s all Stay Well This Winter!
For more winter health advice visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/winterhealth