Cold weather can not only worsen health problems but also see an increase in the spread of various infections such as COVID-19 and cold and flu.

Who's most at risk through the winter?

  • 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

Employer guide to staying safe and well

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    Use our handy employer guide to help keep your employees safe and well this winter. Top tips on active travel, mental wellbeing and COid-19 and flu information

Tips to stay well this winter

  • Get your flu jab
  • Eat well and stay hydrated
  • Lateral flow test twice per week where possible
  • Keep your home warm
  • Look in on vulnerable relatives and neighbours
  • Keep active (visit our get active at home page)

Get advice if you do feel unwell

If you are 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're not sure what to do

The sooner you get advice, the sooner you are likely to get better.