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How cold weather affects us

Advice from Dr Angie Bone, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at Public Health England

Now the clocks have changed and the nights are now drawing in, we may find ourselves retreating inside. Whilst a change in weather is part of the normal turn of the seasons, the cold weather that winter brings can seriously harm the health of some people.

Every winter there are around 25,000 extra deaths across England, when compared to the rest of the year. Most of these extra deaths are in people aged 75 and over and are from influenza and other chest diseases, heart attacks, strokes, and dementia. And it's not just extra deaths that we worry about - it is estimated that for every death there are eight admissions to hospital and this puts a strain on our health and care services each winter.

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