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Another cold weather warning for the West Midlands

Published Wednesday, 06 December 2017

Cold weather warning for Coventry - a reminder for residents to be a good neighbour.

Winter

There is a high probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/snow showers between tomorrow (Thursday 7th December) and Tuesday 12th December.

As temperatures drop, Local NHS and council leaders are urging people to think about how cold weather and winter viruses may affect you, your family and neighbours.

Stay warm and well

Cold weather can lead to serious health problems and can kill. Older people, those with chronic health conditions and people who have a disability, are particularly at risk during the cold weather. Cold and flu viruses as well as tummy bugs such as Norovirus also start to circulate at this time of year.

The council is encouraging people to be good neighbours, to check in on friends, relatives and those nearby who may be vulnerable to the cold and make sure they have enough food and medications when the weather gets colder.

Everyone is advised to keep warm and healthy by keeping rooms heated to at least 18C throughout the day and night and to wear suitable clothing – several thin layers is better than one thick layer.

People are also reminded to take that extra bit of care when leaving the house in frosty conditions, and help to prevent yourself and your family from nasty falls and sprains.

Get Flusafe and keep bugs at bay!

For protection against flu, those eligible, including carers amongst other vulnerable groups, are reminded to have a free flu vaccination. There are many myths about the jab but it really is one of the best ways to keep well in the colder months. Help challenge some of the myths around flu vaccination and contact your GP, Pharmacy or midwife to book it in. It is not too late!

To prevent the spread of tummy bugs people are reminded to wash hands and clean surfaces frequently if someone within the household is unwell and allow until 48 hours after you last had symptoms before returning to work or school.

Coventry City Council’s Affordable Warmth team is available to provide advice and support on 024 7683 2330 or email: energy.matters@coventry.gov.uk

Find further information on welfare advice and support in Coventry.

For information about flu vaccinations, visit nhs.uk/flu.

For more advice about staying well this winter please see nhs.uk/staywell.

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