Stay Well: Winter 2017-18
Our adverse winter weather can increase the risk of serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia – those who are 65 or over, or who have a chronic health conditions, are particularly at risk.
Follow this five step plan to help keep yourself, family, friends and neighbours healthy and safe through the winter months:
- Keep warm and well
- Protect yourself against the season’s biggest ailments
- Do your bit to help lonely or socially isolated elderly people in your community
- Banish winter weariness
- Keep active!
If you start to feel unwell…
Even if it’s just a cough or cold, seek immediate help and advice from your pharmacist before it gets too serious. Pharmacists do a lot more than simply dispense medicines, they offer a range of health services also. For more information on how your local pharmacy can help please visit the NHS Choices website.
Be prepared for the most common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home, and don’t be caught out over the Christmas and New Year holiday period when many local pharmacies will change their opening and closing times. Click here for a list of Greater Manchester pharmacies open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day 2017/18.
…and finally, accidents don’t have to happen…
For your essential guide to staying safe both inside and outside the home over the winter months visit the ‘The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) – Winter Safety Hub’.
Stay Well: Winter 2017-18 in the press:
- Help Protect your Child from Flu: November 2017
- Greater Manchester Community Pharmacies open over Christmas and New Year 2017/18: November 2017
- Krankies don’t need hankies! Comedy duo back serious message around flu jab: November 2017
- Kate Green urges those at risk to get the flu vaccine this winter: October 2017
- Follow that cab and get a flu jab – if you don’t flu could be ‘just around the corner’: October 2017