Cold weather doesn't have to go hand in hand with illness. Click here for some simple things you can do to help yourself stay well this winter.
In the winter, colds and flu are circulating and older people can be particularly vulnerable to the effects of cold weather. Certain health conditions are more obvious when a cold spell takes hold - more people experience chest problems, such as infections and breathing problems. For more advice visit: www.nhs.uk/keepwarmkeepwell
Winter can affect our health in all sorts of ways. Lack of natural daylight can lead to the winter blues, winter health risks like colds, flu and falls on ice, and winter weight gain is common.
The best time of the year to get a flu vaccination is in the Autumn from September to early November. It is free and it is effective against the latest flu virus strains. Even if you've already had a flu jab in previous years, you need another one this year. GP practices in Suffolk are offering flu clinics, click here or contact your GP surgery for details.
There are three main ways of preventing flu:
Try to rest, eat well, and drink plenty of fluids.
Going to your local Pharmacy could save you time and avoid a trip to your GP. You can get professional advice and treatments without an appointment. There are many medicines that you can buy over-the-counter which will ease symptoms.
For more tips and advice for keeping you and your family warm and well in the very cold weather, visit www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth or www.nhs.uk/staywell (please note, opens in new browser window)