Viruses like flu, COVID, coughs and colds, and norovirus spread more easily in the colder weather when we are all indoors. So this winter it is vital that we look after our own health and that of our neighbours and do our best to reduce the spread of viruses. Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.
There are simple things you can do at home to stay healthy such as keeping warm making sure you have adequate supply of remedies for common winter illnesses, checking in with friends and family and remembering to wash your hands at important times throughout the day.
You can also look outside the home to those friendly community services we have come to rely on, such as asking your local pharmacist for the best winter remedies, joining exercise groups to help stay active and finding out what vaccines you are eligible for.
Give yourself a break from illness this winter and explore the pages below on how best to stay healthy:
- Keeping warm and safe
- 6 ways to stay warm this winter
- Tis the season to be jolly...
- What is the Wellbeing Partnership?
- Top tips from the pharmacist on staying well this winter
- 5 ways to protect your under 5s this winter – gov.uk
You can help spread the word by downloading posters to display in your organisation. Visit the ‘Posters’ section in the right hand menu of this site.
Weekly surveillance report
Data from reliable sources can also help you make informed decisions about your health. We have compiled a weekly report on surveillance of respiratory illnesses in the Isle of Man. It includes surveillance from across the community, primary care, secondary care and vaccination.