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Get ready for winter

Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or over, and people with long-term conditions.

NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG is supporting the Stay Well This Winter campaign; we want to help protect you and those you care for.

Cold weather doesn't have to go hand in hand with illness. Here are some simple things you can do to help yourself stay well this winter.

KEEP WARM

Keep warm – this may help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia. The Met Office also has advice to help you Get Ready for Winter.

Suffolk’s Warm Homes, Healthy People project is designed to help vulnerable people and families make their homes cheaper to heat. The project can provide fuel payments paid directly to your heating supplier, loan of electric heaters and financial assistance towards costs for repairs and replacements if you boiler or heater stop working and arrange for an independent surveyor to visit your home and discuss energy efficiency improvements that could make a real difference to your heating bills. The project can also access grants to help pay for insulation and basic draught proofing.

To find out more about the project and to see if you are eligible, take a look at the Warm Homes, Healthy People page on the Healthy Suffolk website or contact the team on 03456 037 686.

EAT WELL

Eat well – food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm. So, try to have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day. For more advice on 'eating smart', visit: www.healthysuffolk.org.uk/healthy-you/eat-smart/

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLU

Get a flu jab – flu vaccination is offered free of charge to people who are at risk, pregnant women, carers and some young children to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.

Download this leaflet from Public Health England - The Flu Vaccination Winter 2016/17 - It explains how you can help protect yourself and your children against flu this coming winter, and why it’s very important that people who are at increased risk from flu have their free flu vaccination every year.


Common winter illnesses

Coughs and Colds
Sore throats
Asthma
Norovirus
Flu

Need more advice? Use NHS Choices symptom checkers for a suggested treatment option

Have you tried the virtual doctor?
The doctor may be able to answer some of your questions about coughs, colds, sore throats and the flu. That way, you can manage your symptoms more effectively and can understand when you should book an appointment with your GP.
It is available on your mobile, on your tablet or on your PC so wherever you are when you have a question, that question can be answered. Ask question via the VirtTuri website (run in partnership by Suffolk GP Federation and StowHealth).

Getting help

A guide to services
Local services


Stay Well This Winter

Some important information from the NHS to help you to stay well this winter.

Share this today with any relatives, friends, neighbours or anyone else you know who might find it useful.

Download the leaflet

Who should get the flu vaccination?

Are you expecting a baby?
Catching flu could lead to complications.
All pregnant women are entitled to a free flu jab.

Got a child aged 2,3 or 4?
Flu can be serious for young children.
Help protect them from flu with one simple nasal spray. It’s free, fast and painless.

Got a child in year 1 or 2 at school?
Flu can be serious for young children.
Help protect them from flu with one simple nasal spray. It’s free, fast and painless.

Have you still not had your flu jab?
If you’re 65 or over or you have an existing health problem, flu can be dangerous.
That’s why you’re eligible for a free flu jab. 

The Flu Vaccination Winter 2016/17 - this leaflet explains how you can help protect yourself and your children against flu this coming winter, and why it’s very important that people who are at increased risk from flu have their free flu vaccination every year.

For more information about the nasal spray vaccination and the flu jab visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

Download 'Stay Well This Winter' leaflet here.

Common myths surrounding flu

This film aims to dispel myths around flu and reminds everyone how important flu vaccination is.

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