Be healthy

Be healthy over winter

Simple steps we can all take to stay healthy as the temperature drops.


Stay flu free

For many people flu is unpleasant, but for some it carries a very serious risk of complications. That is why the following people are entitled to a free flu-vaccination:

  • carers
  • pregnant women
  • people who are 65 and over
  • children at primary schools from reception to year 5
  • people with a long-term health condition

You can stop yourself catching and spreading flu by following these simple steps:

  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water
  • regularly clean surfaces like your keyboard, phones and door handles
  • use tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in a bin as soon as possible

If you are eligible for a free jab, or nasal spray vaccination – please call your GP today or pop in to your nearest pharmacy.

Keep warm

When cold weather arrives, deaths among older people and at-risk groups can rise considerably. You can help prevent this rise:

  • keep your home warm. Your main living room should be 18-21C (65-70F) and the rest of the house no lower than 16C (61F)
  • layer your clothing to stay warm, and stay inside during cold periods if you have heart or respiratory problems
  • check on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they're warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don't need to go out during very cold weather.

If you are struggling with your fuel bills or need information on how to keep warm this winter, visit the Better Housing Better Health website for free, impartial advice.

If you're worried about a relative or elderly neighbour, contact your local council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 169 2081. Lines are open between 8am and 7pm.

Eat well and move more

Eating well will give you the energy to stay warm. Have as many hot meals as possible, drink regularly and follow a healthy diet.

Keeping fit will also improve your overall health, helping you to look and feel your best and fend off illness.

Need advice for an illness or injury?

Use this guide to choose the right NHS service if you need advice for an illness or injury. Choosing the right NHS service will help you get the best advice quickest and reduce the pressure on A&E and GP services, freeing them up to help those who need it most. 

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We hope this campaign will help you prepare for, but most of all, enjoy winter in Oxfordshire.