Cumbria families urged to get free flu vaccination
Last updated at 11:37, Wednesday, 30 October 2013
CUMBRIA residents at risk from flu are being urged to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination
Cumbria County Council is appealing to all the vulnerable groups to protect themselves this winter by getting vaccinated.
As part of this year’s appeal, the county council’s acting Director of Public Health is taking the flu message to YouTube.
For the first time a nasal spray vaccine will be offered to healthy two and three-year-old children, and those at primary school in Cumbria, in a bid to slow down the spread of the virus.
This marks the first step in an extension to the national flu vaccination programme, which will eventually include yearly vaccination of all two to 16 year olds.
Councillor Patricia Bell, cabinet member for Public Health and Communities at Cumbria County Council, said: “For the majority of people, flu is an unpleasant, but not life-threatening illness. However, it can be very serious for older people and those groups at risk of developing complications.
‘They include those with weakened immune systems as well as underlying conditions such as neurological disorders, liver, lung or renal disease, heart problems or diabetes and pregnant women.
‘Vaccination remains the best way to protect against the potential serious harm from flu this winter. I urge everyone entitled to a free vaccination, to take up the offer – especially the parents of young children who qualify.’
A national advertising campaign was launched on 11 October by Public Health England to encourage take-up of the vaccine.
Nationally almost 800 people were admitted to intensive care with complications of flu last year. Each winter hundreds of thousands of people see their GP and tens of thousands are admitted to hospital.
Dr Rebecca Wagstaff, acting Director of Public Health at Cumbria County Council, said: “Severe winter flu and its complications can make people really ill and can kill.
“You are eleven times more likely to die from flu if you are in a clinical at-risk group. I urge everyone who is eligible, to get the vaccine and help protect themselves and their families this winter.”
The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if people had a vaccination last winter they need another one this year to stay safe from flu.
They should contact their GP or local pharmacist to arrange a convenient appointment and get them or their child vaccinated. It’s is said to be quick, safe and free for those at risk from the virus, two and three year olds and primary school-age children.
First published at 11:33, Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Vulnerable groups get it free? Do not forget if you are on benifits you get it free as well! I have worked all my life,never been out of work and paid my taxes.Do I get it free? Do I h**l, I pay Â£7 at asda.This does get my back up!