Make sure you keep warm and well during the cold snap

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North Lincolnshire Council is urging residents to keep warm and well this winter in the cold weather and freezing temperatures.

Cold winter weather can be harmful to health, not just by increasing the risk of getting colds, coughs and flu but by weakening the body’s ability to fight off viruses and infections, and increasing risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes and chest infections.

Older people aged 65 and over, and those with a long-term health condition including heart disease, COPD and diabetes are particularly vulnerable to winter illnesses.

If you are aware of a neighbour, friend, or relative who is over 65 or has a long-term condition, and may find it difficult to get out, check that they are warm, well and their medicine cabinet and food supplies are stocked up. Having some company may also reduce social isolation.

Councillor Julie Reed, cabinet member for Adults and Health, said: “As the temperatures drop during the winter months and with even colder weather predicted, it is vital that we are all prepared to keep warm and stay well. This is especially important for those most at risk of becoming ill.

“Older people aged 65 and over, and those with a long-term health condition are more vulnerable to winter illnesses. Be prepared, ensure you have medicines in your cabinet.

“You can find lots of great advice at www.northlincs.gov.uk/winterhealth or www.nhs.uk/staywell”