PEOPLE are being encouraged to take better care of themselves and their family members, during the winter months when seasonal illnesses increase.

At this time of year, there are an increased number of winter ailments circulating, such as colds and flu.

Often the best treatment is staying at home, keeping warm and drinking plenty of fluids.

Taking paracetamol or ibuprofen can also reduce temperature and ease any aches and pains.

Over the counter medicines can help with symptom relief and a pharmacist can offer advice if you need it.

It’s also worth remembering that antibiotics don’t work on most winter illnesses like colds and flu as these are viral infections and antibiotics don't work against viruses.

Dr Carl Ellson, strategic clinical lead for the three Worcestershire CCGs, said: “It is important that people understand about self care, especially during the winter months, when seasonal illnesses increase.

“Knowing how to take medicines, treat minor ailments and seek help when it is needed is vital to helping people look after their health and wellbeing.”

If anyone needs further advice they can can call 111, the free NHS Service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for fast medical advice when it's not an emergency.

This can include arranging an out-of-hours GP appointment.

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