Winter health

How can I reduce the chance of getting ill this winter?

  • Eat well, exercise and sleep. That makes it easier for your body to resist infection and fight off winter bugs.
  • If you are 65 or over, pregnant, have certain medical conditions, live in a residential/nursing home or are the main carer for an older or disabled person, ensure that you have had your flu jab. This is a free service provided by the NHS. Contact your local GP for more information.
  • During the day heat your main living room to 18 degrees C and the rest of the house to at least 16 degrees C. Try to keep the temperature above 18 degrees C in your bedroom overnight.
  • Get shoes that grip well to prevent falls. Wrap up warm, inside and out. Several thin layers are better than one thick layer of clothes. Wear hats, gloves and scarves. If possible, stay in side if you have heart or respiratory problems.

Emergency Kit
Keep an emergency kit somewhere safe and handy, and make sure everyone knows where it is. Remember to pack:

* A torch and extra batteries                 * Essential medication
* Fully charged mobile phone               * Blankets
* First aid kit and disinfectant              * Water and food that won’t go off
* List of useful contact numbers

Thanks to the Clydesdale Bank for this advice.                  December 2017