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FLU - this can often be treated without seeing your GP and you should begin to feel better in about a week.

Please use NHS Choices website for advice on symptoms and treatment of flu in all age groups

Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our
health, especially for people aged 65 or older, and
people with long-term conditions such as COPD,
bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, diabetes or heart
or kidney disease.

Being cold can raise the risk of increased blood
pressure, heart attacks and strokes.

The cold and damp weather, ice, snow and high
winds can all aggravate any existing health
problems and make us more vulnerable to
respiratory winter illnesses. But there are lots of
things you can do to stay well this winter



At the first sign of a winter illness, even if it’s just
a cough or cold, get advice from your pharmacist,
before it gets more serious. Act quickly.
The sooner you get advice from a pharmacist the
better. Pharmacists are fully qualified to advise
you on the best course of action.
This can be the best and quickest way to help
you recover and get back to normal.

If you can’t get to a pharmacist yourself,
ask someone to go for you or call your local

Ask your pharmacist what medicines should be
in your cabinet to help get you and your family
through the winter season.
Many over-the-counter medicines (including
paracetamol and ibuprofen) are available to relieve
symptoms of common winter ailments, such as
colds, sore throat, cough, sinusitis or painful middle
ear infection (earache).
So talk to your pharmacist for advice on getting
the relief you need.
To manage winter illness symptoms at home:
• Rest
• Drink plenty of fluids
• Have at least one hot meal a day
to keep your energy levels up
• Use over-the-counter medications
to help give relief.

Make sure you get your prescription
medicines before your pharmacy or
GP practice closes for Christmas.

You can also order your repeat
prescriptions online. To sign up
to GP online services ask at your
practice or to find out more
And, if you’ve been prescribed
antibiotics or any other
medication, make sure you
take them as directed.

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