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Flu this winter - get your jab!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Winter flu is on the way and to combat it Meg Munn MP recently got her flu jab, as she has for a number of years. She had the jab at the well-established ‘Westminster Flu Day’ held in Parliament. Not being in the ‘at risk’ group Meg made a 10 donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee, this amount is equivalent to the cost of a private vaccination.

Meg encourages constituents to have the jab. Last year, 75.1% of people over 65 years and 51.3% in the ‘at risk’ groups were vaccinated in Sheffield compared with the national averages of 73.4% for the over 65s and 51.3% for those ‘at risk’.

The NHS wish to improve on these flu vaccination figures, particularly for those under 65 years of age with clinical conditions which put them more at risk from the effects of flu.  This currently stands at 51.3%, and the hope is to increase it to 75%. Uptake among pregnant women in 2012/13 was only 40.3% and amongst healthcare workers the uptake was only 45.6% and these sections of the population need to be improved.

Meg said:

Flu can be a very serious illness for certain groups of people. I encourage all those that are over the age of 65 or are in one of the ‘at risk’ groups to visit their surgeries and get vaccinated.

Flu arrives every winter and now is the time for constituents to get this season’s flu vaccine in line with government recommendations”.

Dr Dan Poulter MP, Minister for Health added:

The seasonal flu vaccination is important to help protect those people who are more susceptible to serious complications or even death from flu.”

Current UK Flu Vaccination Policy

According to the influenza immunisation program 2013/14, an influenza vaccination should be offered for free to:

 

1.     All those aged 65 and over

2.     All those aged over 6 months in the following clinical ‘at-risk’ groups:

o    Chronic respiratory disease and asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission

o    Chronic heart disease

o    Chronic renal disease

o    Chronic liver disease

o    Chronic neurological disease

o    Diabetes

o    Immunosuppression

o    Pregnant women.

3.     Those living in long-stay residential and nursing homes or other long-stay facilities

4.     Those who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. Vaccination should be given at the GP’s discretion.

5.     Healthcare workers in the NHS are being encouraged to take up vaccination, especially those employees directly involved in patient care.

6.     A programme to vaccinate children will be rolled out from 2013 starting with children aged two and three.

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