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Campaign launched to get residents to look after themselves this winter

 Published on: 16th November 2016   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

In the UK, around 25,000 more people die over the course of each winter compared to other times of the year. That’s why Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) is urging people to take practical steps to help them stay well this winter. There are a range of conditions worsened by the cold weather – respiratory conditions like severe asthma; circulatory illnesses such as heart disease and stroke; kidney disease; diabetes and dementia. Those who are older, pregnant, carers and very young children are also more at risk in winter. The Stay Well This Winter campaign encourages people most at risk from cold weather to take some simple precautions to help them prepare for the lower temperatures. Local pharmacists can offer free, qualified health advice at any time, and no appointment is necessary. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give expert help on everyday illnesses and answer questions about prescribed and over the counter medicines. Cabinet member for public health, localism and libraries at HCC, Teresa Heritage, said: “With winter on the way, there are important things we can all do to keep ourselves healthy during the winter months. “If you qualify for the free flu jab, get it now before it’s too late – it’s the best way to protect yourself.” Hear more about what’s happening in your local community in our December magazines, which will be distributed from November 25 to December 16.

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