More people die in the winter months than the non-winter months, with around 25,000 excess winter deaths in England each year. Cold and damp homes can contribute to poor mental health and social isolation, indeed, one study has shown that residents of the 25% coldest homes have around a 20% greater risk of dying during the winter months than those in the warmest homes.
We all know the hand hygiene of our little people can be very poor. When pre-schoolers start Nursery there seems to be an influx of them picking up every bug going. Most parents I know are making sure their children are up to date with their pre-school booster and MMR, but what about getting the nasal flu this Winter?
For the lucky people reading this who've never had the flu, traditional wisdom states that the difference between a cold and flu is that when you have the flu, you wouldn't get out of bed even if it were raining £50 notes. It's easy to catch, it's easy to pass on, and it can survive on lift buttons, door handles and chip and pin machines for a whole day, just waiting for its next victim.