Tips For Keeping Healthy Over The Festive PeriodCouncillor Patricia Stallard, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Health and Public Health is recommending a number of simple steps that Hampshire residents can take to help themselves to stay well this winter.

She said: “To date we have been fortunate that our winter has been mild, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be well prepared for cold weather. Getting the flu vaccination has to be a top priority for anyone at risk of poor health or for those who are carers of vulnerable people, but there are some other simple things that people can do to help themselves stay healthy over Christmas and New Year.”

Top tips include:

Getting a flu vaccination – ask your local pharmacist for more information.

Keep Warm – Heating your home to at least 18 degrees C (65F), if you can.

Eat well – food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm so try to have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day.

Seeking advice and help from a pharmacist for common problems such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, before they get too serious.

Keeping an eye on elderly or frail friends, neighbours and relatives.

Making sure you get your repeat prescriptions before Christmas Eve.

Don’t forget that simply washing your hands is crucial to helping stop the spread of germs – did you know that experts recommend washing for at least 20 seconds, particularly before eating, after using the loo and blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing?

Hampshire County Council is supporting the joint national initiative from NHS England and Public Health England to Stay Well This Winter.

The campaign is particularly aimed at helping people aged 65 or over, those with long-term health conditions, pregnant women and parents of children aged two, three and four and in school years 1 and 2, to keep healthy and out of hospital.

For more information visit the Stay Well This Winter web pages or follow @NHSChoices and #StayWellThisWinter via Twitter.

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