December is finally here which means Christmas and cold weather! One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm. NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging people to keep well by keeping warm during this winter period and prevent their chances of catching flu this winter.
Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.
Last year there were over 140* flu deaths. The flu virus is highly contagious and those in hospital are much more vulnerable to the severe effects of flu. This year there is a focus on self-caring by keeping warm and well this winter.
There are several ways to keep warm and well during December, these include keeping your home warm to at least 18C, eating well by having hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day, staying active is important to keep the blood circulating around the body and ensuring you have warm clothes to wrap up warm, inside and out.
Also, why not check on older neighbours or relatives and ensure that they are safe and warm, especially in the colder evenings. Make sure they are stocked up on food and medicines to avoid having to go out during the very cold weather. It is important to contact your local council or ring Age UK on 0800 00 99 66 if you have any concerns.
Dr Anand Chitnis, Chair at NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“Keeping warm and well this winter is extremely important in preventing the spread of germs and catching flu. Older people are often at more risk so we are urging everyone to do their bit this winter by checking in on elderly neighbours or relatives and to raise any concerns with their local council or Age UK.”
Here are a few things we recommend you do to keep warm and well this winter;
- Heat your home to at least 18C
- Keep your bedroom window closed on winter nights
- Keep active when you’re indoors
- Wear several layers of light clothes
- Make sure you’re receiving all the help that you’re entitled to
- Ensure you have enough food and medication to avoid going outside in very cold weather.
Below a link to a short film featuring the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir as part of the national Stay Well This Winter campaign, reminding older people and their friends and family about what they can do to keep well during the winter months. https://www.facebook.com/NHSChoices/videos/10154789809296543/