Preventing colds and flu, chest problems and infections, and breathing problems

In the winter, older people can be particularly vulnerable to the effects of cold weather, and colds and flu. Certain health conditions are more common when the weather’s cold and more people experience chest problems and infections, and breathing problems. Lack of natural daylight can lead to the winter blues.

There is lots of information on the NHS website, Preventing colds and flu.

Get the jab

The best time of the year to get a flu vaccination is in the autumn from September to early November. It’s free and it’s effective against the latest flu virus strains. Even if you’ve already had a flu jab in previous years, you need another one each year.

The flu jab may only protect you for a year. You can find out more about the flu jab on the NHS website.

Last reviewed: November 6, 2023 by Paul

Next review due: May 6, 2024

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