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News 20 October 2017 l Health & wellbeing

Staying warm and well in winter: tips and advice

The winter season can be particularly challenging for people in the most vulnerable groups. Hanover is supporting the 'Stay Well This Winter' campaign and providing tips and advice on how to stay warm and well in these colder months.

NHS England/Public Health England campaign

In their latest winter health campaign, NHS England and Public Health England are reminding people in the most vulnerable groups to get their free flu jab now. Amidst press reports that the NHS is gearing up for a particularly heavy flu season, their message is: 'Don’t put off your flu vaccination. It’s free because you need it.'

Getting flu is unpleasant for anyone, but it can also land people in hospital with complications. For the best possible protection, the advice is to get a vaccination every year, because flu strains change and evolve.

Among those most at risk are people over 65 and anyone with a long-term condition such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart, kidney or liver disease, as well as people who have suffered a stroke. All of these people, as well as many of their carers, are eligible for free vaccinations at their GP surgery or participating pharmacies.

This year, as part of the 'Stay Well This Winter campaign', NHS England and Public Health England have very kindly offered to send a supply of free packs containing posters and flyers to our estates. These are a welcome resource and will be sent out to our Extra Care Housing estates in the coming weeks.

Additional tips and advice

We're also supporting the campaign by posting intranet information for our estate-based staff to pass on to residents. We’ve sourced a number of tips on staying well during the colder months. This is particularly important for older people, because the winter season increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

  • Official advice includes the need to stay warm, stock up to avoid going out in icy weather, get advice from a pharmacist at the first sign of a cough or cold, and make sure to pick up prescriptions in time for the Christmas holidays
  • Age UK has general tips on preparing for winter
  • You can also check you are getting all the help you are entitled to by downloading the Government’s Keep Warm, Keep Well booklet

We would like to encourage all our staff, residents and supporters to keep an eye out for their older relatives and neighbours. Let’s help people stay warm and well this winter.