During the winter it is even more important to look after your wellbeing. Cold weather has the potential to wreak havoc with your health. If you start to feel unwell, even if it is just with a cold or a cough, seek advice from you pharmacist straight away. Although you may not have first thought it, a pharmacist can help you with many minor ailments. Seeking help in your local pharmacy tends to be much quicker than having to organize an appointment with your GP.

At this time of year the risk of catching the flu virus is much higher. You may have noticed posters in different healthcare settings sporting the phrase “Catch it. Bin it. Kill it”. There are also a number of tips and advice online at NHS Choices.

If you are pregnant, aged 65 years or over, have a long-term health condition, or are a care giver you will be eligible for the free flu vaccine. Children aged 2 or 2 years are also eligible.

If you still aren’t sure whether you qualify, ask your GP, pharmacist or midwife about the free flu vaccine.

It’s important to be aware of other ailments or illnesses that can flare up during the winter; coughs, colds, sore throats, dry skin are just some of the examples. You can help stave off things like colds by making sure to keep warm, get enough sleep and maintain a healthy diet.

If you’re looking for more information go to https://www.nhs.uk/staywell#G4iI171zTKE9bMKY.99