Men more at risk of winter bug complications


With the winter bug season upon us South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging men across South West Lincolnshire to take care of themselves during the winter months.

Sore throat, chesty cough or just generally feeling under the weather – winter ailments can get the best of us down. If you’re generally fit and healthy, you can usually manage the symptoms of a cold or flu yourself without seeing a doctor.

The CCG advises that you look after yourself by resting, drinking fluids to avoid dehydration and avoiding strenuous activity. Your local pharmacist can give you advice on the best over the counter medication to relieve aches and pains.

However, some men need to take extra care as they’re more at risk of serious chest complications, such as pneumonia and bronchitis. Men over 65 are more at risk of complications and those under 65 with underlying conditions, such as diabetes, asthma or chronic heart disease.

In such cases, the advice from the CCG is that the best protection is a free flu vaccination. You can contact your GP practice for an appointment or visit a local walk-in centre for same-day access to a health practitioner.

Dr Vindi Bhandal, chairman of NHS South West Lincolnshire CCG, said: “Colds and flu affect us all. However, studies show that men aren’t the best at looking after their health which can be to their detriment, especially if they have an underlying condition.

“So if you feel under the weather, why not pop into the local pharmacy, visit or call NHS 111 for advice on what to do. If the symptoms do not go away, then go and see your GP. Of course if it’s an emergency then go to A&E.”

• Flu vaccinations are currently offered free of charge to anyone in a designated ‘at risk’ group.