Winter wellness

A lady in a facemask getting a vaccination

The colder weather during the winter months can make some health problems worse and lead to serious complications, particularly if you are aged 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.

It’s important to ensure you know how to access the right support this winter so you can stay healthy and well.

Who's most at risk from cold weather?

Some people are more vulnerable to the effects of cold weather. This includes:

  • People aged 65 and older
  • Babies and children under the age of 5
  • People on a low income (so cannot afford heating)
  • People who have a long-term health condition
  • People with a disability
  • Pregnant women
  • People who have a mental health condition

How can I reduce my risk of getting an infection or becoming very unwell?

There are simple things you can do in your daily life that will help reduce the spread of illness and protect those at highest risk. Things you can choose to do are:

  1. Get vaccinated against COVID-19 and flu if you’re eligible
  2. Let fresh air in if meeting others indoors
  3. Practice good hygiene - wash your hands with warm, soapy water, cover your coughs and sneezes, and clean your surroundings frequently
  4. Consider wearing a face covering or a face mask

Find out about living safely with respiratory infections.

Where to get advice if you feel unwell

If you're 65 or over, or in one of the other at-risk groups, it's important to get medical help as soon as you feel unwell.

You can get help and advice from:

  • A pharmacy - Pharmacists can give treatment advice for a range of minor illnesses and can tell you if you need to see a doctor
  • Your GP - You may be able to speak to a GP online or over the phone, or go in for an appointment if they think you need to
  • NHS 111 - Go to or call 111 if you have an urgent medical problem and you are not sure what to do

The sooner you get advice, the sooner you're likely to get better.

In an emergency, go to A&E immediately or call 999.

Please click below for further advice and support that will help you and your family to stay well this winter.

Winter vaccinations SHOW

Respiratory tract infections (RTIs) SHOW

Staying warm SHOW

Group Strep A SHOW

Cost of living SHOW

Mental health support SHOW