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Heatwave and health


Sweden is experiencing unusually high temperatures this summer. Heatwaves can cause problems for people's health. Exposure to heat carries with it different risks for different individuals.

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Risk groups are above all elderly people, the chronically ill, people with disabilities, young children, pregnant women and people on medication.

The Government is in continuous contact with the relevant agencies. Weekly meetings at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs with the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the National Board of Health and Welfare and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions provide the Government with updates on what the various agencies are doing to help elderly people and others in the heat. The meetings will continue as long as the current situation persists.

Private individuals can contact their county council and 1177 Vårdguiden for information and advice about various heatwave-related health risks.
Advice about the heatwave (in Swedish) on the 1177 Vårdguidens website

The Public Health Agency of Sweden provides advice for different target groups that can be used by municipalities, county councils, regions and private actors in health and medical care services.

Public health advice in English on preventing health effects of heat from The World Health Organisation, WHO

High temperatures can influence the growth of bacteria in drinking water and food. The National Food Agency website has information and advice.

Information (in Swedish) on The National Food Agency's website