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Cold weather on its way

Published Friday, 05 January 2018

Cold weather warning for Coventry – reminder for residents to be a good neighbour and to make sure they are Flusafe.

With a high probability of severe cold weather between Saturday 6 January and Tuesday 9 January, local NHS and council leaders are again 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 are also now circulating.

We are 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 18oC throughout the day and night and to wear suitable clothing – several thin layers is better than one thick layer.

Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport has said:

“Another spell of severe cold is expected in Coventry this coming weekend. While for many of us it is a simple case of wrapping up warm and turning up the heating, the reality for the more vulnerable member of our communities is quite different. This time of year can be particularly risky for health but by taking some practical steps, seeking help and reaching out to others we can all play a small part in helping each other to take care.”

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 please ensure they don’t delay and take up their offer of a  free flu vaccination. Hospital admission rates for flu are 2.5 times higher than last year. 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 - please book in soon.

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.

Cllr Caan added: “We know that one in three people in Coventry are entitled to a free flu vaccination. Although flu is a mild illness in most, it can kill. We also know that this year we are seeing many more people than last year admitted to hospital. We urge people to contact their GP, Pharmacy or Midwife to make their appointment today and not to delay.”

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