Be prepared for one of the coldest winters in 50 years, warns Hertfordshire County Council

Welwyn Garden City last winter

Welwyn Garden City last winter - Credit: Archant

Hertfordshire County Council is urging residents to prepare for winter by getting any necessary medication and stocking up on essential supplies before the Christmas holidays start.

Welwyn Garden City last winter

Welwyn Garden City last winter - Credit: Archant

In response to reports out this week indicating that we could be in for one of the coldest winters for 50 years, Herts County Council is warning that is even more important that anyone who is older, vulnerable or has an existing health condition is well-prepared.

Cabinet Member for public health, localism and libraries, Teresa Heritage said: “Winter is a challenging time of year and a sudden bout of bad weather can have serious consequences.

“However being prepared can help make you less vulnerable to illnesses that are more common at this time of year.

“A few simple steps can make all the difference. If you qualify for the free flu jab, get it now. Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start. And make sure you have plenty of over the counter remedies, food and other essential supplies at home.

Welwyn Garden City last winter

Welwyn Garden City last winter - Credit: Archant


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“Try to heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F) and wrap up warm. Make sure you have at least one hot meal a day and drink lots of fluids and warm drinks. A healthy, balanced diet and staying physically active can help to keep you well.

“If you do feel unwell, seek advice from your pharmacist – they’re qualified to advise you on the best course of action and most now have a private consultation area.”

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Around 25,000 more people die over the course of each winter compared to other times of the year and there are a range of conditions worsened by the cold weather, such as heart disease, lung illnesses, stroke, dementia and respiratory diseases like asthma.

Throughout the cold weather, looking out for yourself and others is essential to keeping healthy. Older neighbours, relatives, friends and other elderly members of the community are more vulnerable in the winter months and may need a bit of extra help this winter so make sure you keep in touch.

For more information about the help available this winter to help you stay warm and well, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/winterhealth

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