The winter vaccines that will help protect you from flu and coronavirus are now available. NHS Scotland recommends that you get your vaccines as soon as they are offered to you.
You should check in advance that you have enough prescribed medicines to last through the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Winter is a very busy time of year for GP practices and pharmacies. So, it’s important to remember that requests may take time to process.
If your GP practice or pharmacy are closed, you can use the accessing medicines self help guide. This will show you where to find the medicines you need if you run out.
Make sure you have some over-the-counter remedies for common illnesses to help prepare for winter. Your pharmacist can advise you on the best medicines for you and your family.
To be prepared this winter, check you have:
Remember to always follow the advice on the medicine pack. Do not get too much as medicines can go out of date.
Coughs, colds, fevers, and flu are common at this time of year. But, NHS inform has lots of advice about winter illness and how to safely manage your symptoms at home.
The NHS 24 Online app is also free to download on both Android and iOS devices. This allows you to find appropriate self-care and health services.
The winter months can be a difficult time for many people. The drop in temperature and shorter days can have an impact on your mental wellbeing. If you’re feeling down, there are ways you can help look after your mental health.
Work through a self-help guide for anxiety that uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Work through a self-help guide for depression that uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
If you have vulnerable neighbours, relatives or know someone with heart or breathing problems, check in with them to make sure they:
It’s important to keep warm in winter, both inside and outdoors. Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems.
If you’re worried about money this winter, you’re not alone. You may be entitled to financial support if you need urgent help covering the cost of food or heating your home. The Scottish Government have information on:
You can help to support NHS 24’s Healthy Know How campaign by downloading the campaign resources and toolkit.