As Hull is hit with the first blast of winter weather, people are being advised to take care of themselves and their families. Falling temperatures carry a range of health risks, particularly for those who are vulnerable – babies and young children, older people and anyone with a long-term health condition.
They key advice during adverse conditions is:
- Get your flu vaccine – pregnant women, children aged two-seven, people aged over 65 and everyone with a long-term health condition is entitled to a free flu vaccine
- Heat your home to at least 18 degrees (65 Fahrenheit)
- Seek early advice and help from pharmacists if you or family members are unwell
- Prepare for periods of bad weather by ensuring supplies of prescription medication and food
- Make sure you are aware of any help you are entitled to – financial help with energy bills is available for over-60s, people on a low income and people who have a disability.
Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with health partners including Hull City Council and Public Health England (PHE) to help local people stay healthy this winter.
Dr Dan Roper, Chair of the CCG, said: “There are a few simple things you can do to help your family stay well this winter; treat coughs and colds before they get worse, keep your home warm and, if you’re eligible, make sure to have your flu vaccination.
“When temperatures drop older people can be at risk. Cold weather may aggravate existing medical conditions and often makes simple tasks much harder. If you have elderly relatives or neighbours then checking on them and offering support can make a big difference. It doesn’t take long, but can go a long way to making sure they stay well this winter”.
Cllr Gwen Lunn, portfolio holder for Public Health, Prevention and Adult Social Care, said: “It’s vital people take staying warm and well in winter seriously. For those who are vulnerable, a cold can be serious and flu can be fatal. There are simple ways to look after yourself and others, including using lots of layers to stay warm and taking advantage of the free flu vaccine if you’re entitled to it.
“There is a wealth of information out there on way to look after yourself and others, I’d urge everyone to have a look and act on the advice available”.
For information including who is entitled to a flu vaccine and how to get one, plus links to information on financial help to heat your property, visit: https://www.hullccg.nhs.uk/staywell