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

"The winter can be difficult for many: freezing temperatures, not going out as much and cloudy moods. However, there are many things you can do to stay well and health these cold days and nights.

These could be very simple, eating hot and healthy meals, getting your COVID-19 booster and flu vaccines, getting fresh air when the chances are available and even checking in on family and friends. I think visiting and looking green spaces really helps." Local Oadby and Wigston Resident

Employer guide to staying safe and well

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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.