Get flu jab
People are more at risk if you have a long-term health condition, are older, or are pregnant.
Free flu vaccinations are available for those who:
• are aged 65 or older
• are aged two, three or four years old
• are children in school years 1 and 2
• are pregnant
• are aged 6 months to 64 years old, have a serious medical condition: chronic heart, lung,
neurological, liver or kidney disease or diabetes, or have a weakened immune system
Eating regular meals will help keep energy levels up during winter.
• Have plenty of hot food and drinks.
• Plan meals and keep diet as varied as possible. Aim to include the daily seven portions of
fruit and veg. Remember that tinned and frozen fruit and vegetables count towards the seven a day.
• Stock up on tinned and frozen foods, so leaving the home can be reduced especially when it’s cold or icy.
We all know that exercise is good for your overall health – Staying active can improve circulation and keep people warm in the winter, moving should take place at least once an hour.
Dress for the weather
• Wear lots of thin layers – clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good at maintaining body heat.
Heating the home effectively and safely
Heating should be set to least 18ºC (65°F) in winter and this is particularly important for people who have reduced mobility, are 65 and over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease.
Keep warm, keep well is a national campaign to reduce cold-related illness and deaths during winter.
Severe cold snaps can have dramatic effects on everyday life, especially for people who are already vulnerable because of their age, illness or live with a disability.
Here is information and advice about how to help vulnerable people to keep warm and well in winter.