As we all know, winter conditions can be serious for those living with long-term conditions such as kidney disease. The cold, damp weather, ice, snow and high winds can aggravate an existing health problem and make people more vulnerable to illnesses that are more common in winter.
Even when people are managing their long-term condition and lead otherwise healthy lives, it is important that they continue to protect themselves. This is why we, along with the NHS and Renal Units throughout England are promoting some of the key actions patients can take to stay well during the winter months:
- Getting the flu vaccine (only 53.5% of those with chronic kidney disease had the flu vaccination last year).
- Seeking advice at the first sign of feeling unwell.
- Keeping warm.
- Ensuring their medicine cabinet is stocked up.
The national Stay Well This Winter campaign launched on 12 October and will run until March 2017,
to help people who are most at risk of emergency admission to hospital to take actions that may help them to avoid hospitalisation.
Download a copy of the handy guide here >
Download a copy of the poster here >
For more information and advice visit nhs.uk/staywell >