Five simple steps to help keep you warm and well

Stay warm and avoid illness
Stay warm and avoid illness
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DOCTOR CALLING: By Dr Kevin Hill

With winter well and truly upon us, the NHS is reminding people they can stay warm and well in five simple steps.

* Get your free flu jab if you’re 65 or over, pregnant, have certain medical conditions, live in a residential or nursing home, or are the main carer for an older person or someone with disabilities.

* Set your heating to temperatures of between 18 and 21C.

* Layer your clothing and wear shoes with a good grip.

* Keep active and have hot meals and drinks throughout the day.

* Find out about benefits to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating and help with your bills.

You can prevent colds and flu spreading by covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze, throwing away used tissues as soon as possible, washing your hands regularly with soap and water, and stocking up on over-the-counter cough and cold remedies.

You should also keep active and eat a varied diet of hot food, including five daily portions of fruit and veg.

Also, you should wear lots of thin layers of clothing.

Parents of children under four, and women who are at least 10 weeks’ pregnant and claiming certain benefits, may be eligible for free weekly Health Start vouchers which can be swapped for milk, fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, infant formula milk and vitamins.

To find out more, visit the website www.healthystart.nhs.uk or telephone 0845 607 6823.