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Join our winter health manifesto

From preventing colds and flu to battling symptoms when they do strike, here are some pledges to make and products to consider when it comes to caring for your health this autumn/winter

I will be a hand-washing hero

Washing your hands regularly with soap and warm water reduces the risk of catching and spreading Covid-19 – but also cold and flu germs. Clean them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds – don’t forget between your fingers, up to your wrists and underneath any jewellery – which is about the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice. (It’s up to you whether that’s out loud!)

I will prioritise my Zzzs

Not only does sleep support your immune system, it helps your body to repair itself and recover faster. If you’re feeling unwell, consider Day & Night Nurse Cold and Flu Capsules (24-pack), where the Day capsules offer non-drowsy, daytime relief and the Night ones give soothing help in the evening. Or if you only need support at bedtime and prefer a liquid option, Night Nurse Liquid (160ml) is a night-time remedy for colds and flu. Both night-time products can ease symptoms and aid restful sleep.

For cold and flu relief. Always read the label.

I will look into jabs

You may be eligible for the free NHS flu vaccine if you are considered at high risk of catching flu or of developing complications*. It’s recommended you have the vaccination if you are aged 65+, are pregnant, have an underlying health condition or have a weakened immune system. Your local Boots pharmacy may offer the free vaccine to eligible groups as well as a private Winter Flu Jab Service ** to those that are not eligible for the free NHS vaccine but still want to be protected. It can take two to three weeks for the jab to reach its full protection, so the best time to get it is before the start of the flu season, which runs from December to March.

 

**Subject to availability. Eligibility criteria apply. Injectable vaccination only for all ages. £13.99.

I will be a symptom detective

The signs of a cold can include a blocked nose, sore throat and headache. These can also accompany the flu, though, so how can you spot the difference? Well, flu is usually more severe – symptoms can hit fast, affect more than just your nose and throat, and make you feel too exhausted and poorly to soldier on. Meanwhile, cold symptoms tend to appear gradually and impact mainly your nose and throat. As soon as you notice symptoms, consider starting treatment – Beechams Max Strength All in One Cold and Flu Capsules (16-pack) provides powerful and effective relief by fighting eight cold and flu symptoms: aches and pains, fever, headache, mucus, chills, chesty cough, sore throat and blocked nose. Struggle to take tablets? Consider Beechams All in One Cold and Flu Liquid (160ml) for an easy-to-swallow alternative. It’s important to rest up too – stay warm, get plenty of sleep, and stay hydrated – to help your body fight the virus faster.

Beechams Max Strength All In One Capsules. Beechams All in One Liquid.
For cold and flu relief. Always read the label.

I will get my hygge on

The Danish concept of hygge is all about cosiness. And what better time to embrace those vibes than winter? Staying warm is a great way to support your health during the chilly season, so keep your bedroom windows closed at night, use a hot-water bottle if you need to and try to eat at least one hot meal a day. One cosy sofa session, coming right up!

I will keep topped up with H2O

Staying hydrated is vital, even when you’re not ill, but it’s especially important when you’re recovering from a cold or flu. If you’re struggling to eat or drink, start with small sips of water and build up gradually. Aim for pale-yellow urine (which means you’re well-hydrated) for ultimate #peegoals.

I will battle blockages

Nose more blocked than a motorway during rush hour right now? Horrible, isn’t it? You could consider Otrivine Adult Metered Dose 0.1% Nasal Spray (10ml), which works within minutes to relieve nasal congestion. In fact, it helps to unblock noses 6x faster than decongestant tablets†.

Otrivine Adult Metered Dose 0.1% Nasal Spray is for the symptomatic relief of nasal congestion. Contains xylometazoline hydrochloride. Always read the label. †Class-specific comparison (topical vs oral decongestant). Contact customer.relations@gsk.com for verification.

I will be cough savvy

A cough usually clears up within three or four weeks. Rest and hydration will help, along with hot lemon water with honey for a soothing drink. For extra relief from a chesty cough, consider Robitussin Chesty Cough Sugar-Free Medicine, which is sugar-free and may help manage the symptoms of chesty coughs. Or if your cough is not chesty, Robitussin has a range of medicines to suit different cough types.
Important! If you have a new and continuous cough (ie, you’re coughing a lot for more than an hour, or have three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours), it could be a sign of Covid-19. Others include a high temperature and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – visit 111.nhs.uk for advice.

Robitussin Chesty Cough Medicine. Expectorant for the treatment of coughs. Contains guaifenesin. Always read the label.

*Visit gov.uk for further details on those eligible for the flu vaccine from now.