- aged 65 and over (amended for winter 2020 to include ages 50 to 64)
- aged six months to under 65 in clinical risk groups (with a long term health condition)
- aged two, three or four years old
- in long stay residential care homes
- a carer
NHS Stay Well campaign
The NHS have launched their 'Stay Well this winter campaign'.
You will find information about flu vaccinations, keeping warm, winter illnesses and winter tiredness, as well as a wide range of resources to help you stay well over winter on NHS Live Well (opens in a new window).
Illness can affect you at any time of year but there are a few complaints which are associated with the cold weather.
The good news is that there are steps you can take to make sure you avoid, or reduce your experience of, the most common seasonal ailments.
Treating a cold
Catch it. Kill it. Bin it
Help prevent the spread of colds and flu by always using tissues, throwing them away immediately and washing your hands well.
You can't avoid every illness over the cold weather, but you can be prepared and manage whatever comes your way. Keep a basic medical kit stocked with supplies for the most common ailments such as cold and flu remedies, cough medicine and throat lozenges and you won't have to wait to start treating the symptoms.
It's also a good idea to keep stocked up on non perishable food and household essentials, so that if you do become ill, you don't have to venture out into the cold.