Be prepared for winter5th October 2010
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has said people should make preparations for winter to make sure they stay fit and healthy.
Dr Tony Jewell is expected to release information which will show a significant rise in the number of winter deaths in 2008/09.
He is keen to get people to ensure the energy efficiency of their houses and will also prompt those at risk to receive their annual flu jabs.
The report will show a 74% rise in winter deaths in Wales since the previous year, with 2,500 extra deaths.
Of the deaths, 34% were due to respiratory problems, including flu.
Dr Jewell said: "Because the weather in the UK is not predictable, we are not always prepared for the severe bad weather that we can, and have in recent years, experienced."
"Older people are more susceptible to illnesses when the temperatures start to drop. More than 87% of winter deaths involve people over 75, with the highest rates of death amongst people aged 85 or over."
He added that people should make use of the schemes and grants available to ensure their homes were well heated and energy efficient during the colder months.
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Title: Be prepared for winter
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 16284
Date Added: 5th Oct 2010