It’s important to look after yourself, especially during winter as cold weather can be bad for your health. However, there are some simple things you can do to prepare for winter and keep warm and healthy.

Looking after your health this winter

Get your flu jab and be a flu fighter.

Flu vaccines are the best protection we have against the flu virus. Flu symptoms can be unpleasant, severe and, in extreme circumstances, life threatening.

You will be eligible for a free flu vaccination if you:

  • are over 65s
  • are pregnant
  • have a long-term health condition including diabetes, asthma, kidney disease, a lowered immune system and chest or heart problems
  • are a child aged 2 to 9 years (children in reception year and above will be offered the vaccination via a nasal spray at school)
  • are a carer
  • live in long-term residential care
  • are a selected frontline health or care worker
  • are a frontline health and care staff member employed by a voluntary-managed hospice provider 

Contact your GP or your local pharmacy for details of how to book your flu appointment.

You can find more about the flu vaccination on NHS Choices.

Eat well and stay active

Exercising and having regular hot meals can help with staying warm over the winter. Find out more information about healthy eating and free cookery workshops in Medway on the triforyoumedway Facebook page.

What to do if you are feeling unwell

You can avoid common winter illnesses such as colds and winter bugs using these NHS top tips:

  • Visit your pharmacist for advice at the at the first sign of illness
  • If you're feeling under the weather, find the right service in Medway for your health needs on the NHS Health Help Now website and app
  • If you need help fast, but it’s not a 999 emergency, call 111 - the NHS's non-emergency helpline, available all year round.  Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
  • Call 999 in a medical emergency 
  • Pick up your prescriptions and medicines before the holidays start