Get ready for winter

Follow these steps to stay safe this winter.

Step 1 – Medications

Replenish your basic medicine cabinet and ensure you have your prescriptions in order so you’re not left short, especially over the bank holidays.

Step 2 – Covid jab

Make sure you’re up to date with your vaccinations. You can get your first or second vaccine at any point and eligible people can get their third primary dose or booster jab.

Young people aged 12 to 17 currently only get one dose. Young people in an at-risk group will be contacted if they need to get their second dose.

To find out if you can get yours, visit the NHS website.

Step 3 – Flu Jab 

If you’re eligible for the free flu vaccine, get it now – it’s free because you need it. Speak to your GP or pharmacy. You can even get your Covid and flu vaccine at the same time if you need to.

Step 4 – Keep warm, keep well

Winter conditions can be seriously bad for your health, especially for people aged 65+ or with long-term health conditions. If possible:

  1. keep your home heated to at least 18⁰c
  2. keep your bedroom window closed at night
  3. keep active when indoors
  4. wear several layers of light clothes rather than one bulky layer
  5. have at least one hot meal a day and drink plenty of fluids

It’s also worthwhile claiming all the benefits you’re entitled to before winter sets in. You can get help with heating costs through the Winter Fuel PaymentCold Weather Payment and the Warm Home Discount Scheme

Step 5 – Know who to call and where to go

You can visit your local pharmacy for expert advice on your medication or if you have a minor illness.

If you need to see a GP outside of working hours, Manchester GP surgeries now offer extended hours for evening and weekend appointments. To find out about getting an out of hours appointment, give your GP practice a call.

Don’t forget NHS 111 or NHS 111 online can help if you have you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do.

We also have many walk-in centres across the city for minor illnesses and injuries. Find your nearest walk-in centre.