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ERS Medical Prepares for Winter

The ERS Medical team have embarked on their annual flu programme – vaccinating the hundreds of workers who look after you, your family and friends.

By vaccinating our staff, we can stop people from catching the virus and passing it on to the sick and vulnerable. It also means we can be more resilient during the coming busy winter months.

Last year, flu killed 312 Britons*, while a total of 2,924 people in the UK were admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) or high-dependency unit (HDU) because of flu.

So how do you avoid cold and flu this winter?

  •  Wash your hands – Washing your hands often – and drying them on disposable paper towels can significantly reduce the chances of catching a virus.
  • Crowded areas – Crowded trains and Tubes with little ventilation, department stores bustling with shoppers all make catching a cold more likely as you are a lot closer together.
  • Central heating – Central heating can lead to sore throat and aggravate chest problems such as asthma due to the dryness of the air- a humidifier can help.
  • Drink plenty – Doctors recommend we drink about eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy and if you have cold water will help flush out the infection.
  • Sleep and stress – Get plenty of quality sleep and minimise stress as moods can affect your ability to fight off infections.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth – Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

*Source: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/839350/Surveillance_of_influenza_and_other_respiratory_viruses_in_the_UK_2018_to_2019-FINAL.pdf