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Dealing with Seasonal Changes

Summer Health

GPs, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals from the Vale of York have worked with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to provide self-help guides so that you and your family and friends can stay safe and healthy during the summer months.

Information from the CCG can be found on their website Help Us Help You-Stay Safe This Summer and also from the NHS Choices website on How to Cope in Hot Weather.


For further information on staying well in the summer please refer to either the NHS Choices page or the CCG guide. Advice is given on the following:

  • Hay Fever
  • Sunburn
  • Insect Bites and Stings
  • Actinic Keratoses (solar keratoses)
  • Heat Rash
  • Summer holidays medical kit essentials

The government have also produced guidance about coping with heat and COVID-19, called Beat the Heat. The guidance includes tips on how to keep yourself and others safe from harm during hot weather, how to keep your house cool and what signs to look out for in heat related illnesses.

You can access the poster (as shown below) and Beat the Heat leaflet on the Government's Heatwave Plan for England website.

Winter Health

Cold weather can be seriously bad for your health. That's why it's important to look after yourself, especially during the winter. If you start to feel unwell, even if it's a cough or a cold, don't wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist.

For more information please go to the Stay Well page of the NHS website

Flu is highly infectious and spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.

There are three main ways you can fight flu:

1. Get your vaccine

Having your flu jab protects yourself, your family, colleagues and patients. It’s a serious illness that can result in severe complications and even death in the most at risk. So be a flu champion and have the jab.

2. Wash your hands

As well as getting your jab, you can help reduce the spread of flu by regularly washing your hands, particularly after sneezing or coughing. You can pass flu on without having any symptoms, so wash your hands regularly. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.

3. Stay away

If you have flu, please stay away from work/school/GP surgery/other people, as much as possible until you are better. The virus is highly infectious and outbreaks can happen quickly. So do everyone a favour and don’t add to the spread of flu. The link below gives advice on how to manage the symptoms of flu.

For more information please go to the Flu page of the NHS website

You are eligible for the free flu vaccine if you are pregnant, are aged 65 years or over, have a long-term health condition (check which conditions are eligible), or are a carer. Children aged 2 or 3 years are also eligible.

Ask your GP, pharmacist or midwife about the free flu vaccine.

Last reviewed: 04/06/2020

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