It’s really important to keep warm in Winter, whether we’re staying indoors or getting out and about. It can help to prevent colds, flu and other health conditions that the cold weather can make worse. Especially for people aged 65 or over, or those with long-term health conditions.
We often have an increase in flu during the winter months. Besides keeping warm, the flu vaccine gives the best protection against the flu. Flu vaccines help protect against the main types of flu viruses, and if you do get flu after vaccination it’s likely to be milder and not last as long. This year it is more important than ever that you take the offer to get your free flu jab if you’re eligible.
Find out more about protecting yourself and your loved ones from Flu
If you’re eligible, you’ll be offered a booster dose at least 6 months after you had your 2nd dose of your COVID-19 vaccine. You can book online if it’s been 5 months (152 days) since you had your second dose, and you will be offered an appointment from 6 months after the date of your second dose.
It’s worth checking what benefits you could claim before winter begins.
Make time to move around a little every day. Moving around has massive health benefits for us all, and any exercise we do is better than none! You don’t need to go to a gym to get more active. There are lots of ways to move well at home and in our local outdoor spaces too. Give your energy levels a boost by breaking up the day with some chunks of movement. Find out how with #MoveMoreSandwell
It is so important to get medical help as soon as you feel unwell, especially if you are aged 65 or in one of the other high risk groups.
You can get help and advice from your local a pharmacy. Pharmacists can give treatment advice for a range of minor illnesses and can tell you if you need to see a doctor. You may be able to speak to a GP online or over the phone, or go in for an appointment if they think you need to
If you need support to continue living independently at home, contact Sandwell Council’s adult social care services for advice, information and help.
If you are feeling lonely or isolated this can also lead to low mood. There are services that can offer regular chats on the telephone.