Look out for each other
Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be vulnerable to cold weather. Cold weather is especially dangerous for older people or people with serious illnesses, so check up on them if you can.
Read how to spot and treat hypothermia on the NHS website.
People with heart or respiratory (breathing) problems may experience more severe symptoms during a cold spell and for several days after temperatures return to normal.
You are entitled to a free Flu vaccination if:
- You are aged 65 or over
- You are pregnant
- You have chronic long-term respiratory disease (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or bronchitis)
- You have chronic heart disease
- You have chronic liver disease (such as hepatitis)
- You have a neurological condition (such as Parkinson's disease or motor neurone disease)
- You are diabetic
- You have problems with your spleen (for example, sickle cell disease)
- You have a weakened immune system due to conditions such as HIV and AIDs, or as a result of medication (such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy)
- You are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay facility
- Receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- You are a health care worker with direct patient contact or a social care worker
Information courtesy of the NHS. If you have any questions please contact your GP.