Councillor Patricia Stallard, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Health and Public Health is promoting a number of simple things that Hampshire residents can do to help stay safe and well during the festive season.
She said: “The run up to Christmas is a busy time for many, and one during which we seem to be more prone to picking up coughs and colds. Keeping well is really important, but particularly so for the elderly, the very young and those with long term health conditions. Being aware of some of the simple things we can do to keep ourselves well, can help to ensure we all enjoy a merry Christmas.”
Check your local pharmacy opening hours and get prescriptions and repeat prescriptions in good time. Pharmacists are expert healthcare professionals who can give advice and recommend treatments for minor health conditions such as coughs, colds, sore throats and childhood fever. They can also provide flu jabs. Instead of waiting for an appointment at your surgery, visit your local pharmacy first
Keep Warm - heat your home to at least 18 degrees C (65F), if you can. If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day, and your bedroom just before you go to bed. Vulnerable people who struggle to keep their homes warm can get help from Hampshire County Council’s Hitting the Cold Spots initiative
Check gas appliances are Carbon Monoxide safe to reduce incidents of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. People are advised to fit an audible Carbon Monoxide alarm to their homes
Wash your hands frequently as this is crucial to helping stop the spread of germs like Norovius. Also known as the winter vomiting bug, norovirus is an extremely infectious stomach bug.It can strike all year round, but ismore commonin winter and inplaces such as hotels, hospitals, nursing homesand schools. The illness is unpleasant, but it's usually over within a few days