Take precautions to look after your health this winter
Northumberland residents are being encouraged to look after themselves this winter to help ward off common seasonal illnesses.
The message comes from Northumberland County Council, NHS England, Public Health England and the Department for Health.
Cold weather can be very harmful, especially for higher risk groups such as over 65s, young children, pregnant women and people with long-term health conditions.
There are many ways to ward off illness in the winter, such as staying warm, visiting your pharmacist if you are feeling unwell or develop a cough or cold and getting a flu vaccination if eligible.
Coun Veronica Jones, of Northumberland County Council, said: “We are urging the residents of Northumberland to take care of their health this winter.
“Winter can be seriously bad for our health and is a time which can cause lots of illnesses, some increasing into something more serious, so it is important for the more vulnerable groups, along with those less vulnerable, to ensure they make their health a priority for them and others.
“We recommend that at the first sign of illness everyone seek advice from their pharmacist to help avoid minor illnesses turning into something more serious, the sooner you get advice, the better. We also urge all those eligible for the flu vaccination they ensure they receive it.”
Further information about how to stay well this winter can be found here, nhs.uk/staywell