The coming of the colder weather that heralds the arrival of winter will linger from November through to February, and sometimes beyond into March and even April. It’s the season of colds and flu. Broadgate Clinic London Wall, one of the city’s premier walk-in private GP clinics (that is open to members of the public, a fantastic convenience for people who work in London), has a few tips to offer visitors to our website on how to stay well this winter.

Drop in at Broadgate’s Walkin Clinic London Wall for your winter flu jab

Flu jabs are not just for the elderly. They are suitable for all; particularly anyone with a weak or compromised immune system. It’s not just flu itself that causes victims to feel so unwell; it can often degenerate into other life threatening conditions (particularly for those with weakened or undeveloped immune systems) such as pneumonia. Other people at risk from flu and its complications are those who suffer from asthma, diabetes, and some forms of heart disease.

Pregnant women should also consider having the flu jab, whatever their stage of term. Flu can bring about change to a pregnant woman’s heart, her immune system, and her lungs. It presents dangers for both mother and baby. It’s also a good idea for breast feeding mothers to have the flu jab because they can then pass on the protective flu antibodies to baby. Flu can be extremely dangerous for young babies with under-developed immune systems.

Flu is not just a severe cold. It is infinitely more dangerous. The bottom line is that approximately 600 people on average per die from winter flu complications here in the UK. To protect yourself, take a few minutes off work and simply drop in at Broadgate’s walkin Clinic London Wall and ask for your jab.

Eat a hearty breakfast

The other thing you should do, whether you’re staying at home this winter, travelling here in UK, or travelling abroad, (especially to colder climes), is to always eat a hearty nutritional breakfast. Include plenty of vitamin C by way of fresh orange juice to help to boost your immune system.

Carry a pack of disinfecting wipes with you on planes etc.

If you’re going to be flying anywhere, or riding on a train or bus, it’s always a good idea to carry some disinfecting wipes with you and wipe down any armrests, table trays, air vents, and a seatbelt buckles before you touch them.

Keep your hydration level topped up

This is particularly likely because a combination of low humidity and high altitude tend to make the inside of aeroplane cabins dry. This makes your airways more vulnerable and open to viruses and bacteria. Keeping yourself well hydrated will also keep your deepest membranes moist, enabling them to trap any nasty viruses and bacteria and prevent them from getting into your body system.

Protecting against Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

If you’re going to be flying for more than an hour, to ward off DVT it’s always a good idea to get out of your seat and stroll up and down the aisle a few times. It will help to keep your blood circulating and prevent any clots from forming in your veins. For extra protection you can buy special support hose.

Sanitize your hands

In crowded places all sorts of surfaces can harbour a miscellany of germs and bacteria. Things like simply opening doors and resting your hands on the escalator handrails etc. can easily pick up germs which have been deposited there, which you which you unwittingly pick up when you touch the surfaces and unknowingly transfer them to your nose and mouth when you touch your face. Carrying an alcohol based sanitizer around with you and using it from time to time, helps to keep your hands germ and bacteria free.

Take time out for a massage

Having a massage relaxes you and lowers the level of Cortisol that accumulates in your body in times of stress. It also boosts the number of white blood cells in your body system that act to protect your body against being invaded by various germs.

Top up on sleep

If you get fatigued and let your batteries run down your natural body defences will also wind down, and you’ll be susceptible to catching infections. Studies have shown that people who get a regular eight hours sleep every night are three times less likely to acquire cold infections than those who sleep less than 7 hours per night.

Do you need any travel vaccinations? – Visit Broadgate’s Walkin Clinic London Wall

If you’re going to be travelling abroad it’s also a good idea to check out whether or not you need to get vaccinated against any illnesses or diseases that may be more prevalent in your country of destination. To find out more about countries and recommended vaccines, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) website by clicking on this link, alternatively you can drop in at Broadgate Clinic London Wall and have a chat with one of our clinicians.