“If you’re pregnant, no matter how many weeks, you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine”.That is the message from Cambridgeshire health experts who are urging pregnant women to get the free vaccination now.Cambridgeshire County Council’s public health team and the Rosie maternity hospital in Cambridge have teamed up to encourage expectant mums to have the free jab – no matter how many weeks into their pregnancy they are.Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you'll usually begin to feel better within about a week. You can catch flu – short for influenza – all year round, but it's especially common in winter which is why it's also known as "seasonal flu".Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s ability to fight infection and as a result flu can cause serious complications for women and their baby. Pregnant women are more at risk of becoming seriously unwell from flu and might … [Read more...] about Fighting the flu for two – pregnant women urged to have free vaccination
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It's that time of the year again. Winter is coming and the viral illness known as Influenza is making the rounds across Greater Manchester. But luckily, the NHS has it covered - offering vaccinations to thousands of people across the region to prevent the illness. Flu can be unpleasant, but to those who are otherwise healthy, it will usually clear up without treatment within a week. But it can be more serious for people aged over 65, pregnant women, children and those with underlying health conditions. Anyone in these risk categories are offered the vaccine for free on the NHS. It is recommended that the most effective time for a flu vaccine is between the beginning of October and end of November. So, it's vital to book in soon. Here, we answer the all important questions to ensure you're clued up on this years' vaccination programme. Do I need the vaccine? The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS to: Adults aged 65 and over Adults over 18 who are at risk of flu, for example … [Read more...] about How to get the flu vaccine? Who is eligible and is ‘man flu’ a real thing?
Every year the NHS vaccinates hundreds of thousands of people against flu. The viral illness, also known as Influenza, can be extremely unpleasant for those who catch it, with the likelihood drastically increasing in the winter. For those who are otherwise healthy it will clear up on its own after about a week. However for children, the elderly, and those with long term conditions such as heart problems and Asthma, it can be much more serious and have severe complications. The health service offers the vaccine for free to all these 'at risk' groups. But figures from Public Health England published this week revealed that nearly half of the two and three-year-olds Manchester were considered particularly at risk of serious illness from the virus went unprotected last flu season. And many others are also thought not to be booking appointments to have the vital jab. Here we answer some of the most common questions around the annual vaccination programme. Who needs the flu vaccine? The … [Read more...] about When should you get a flu jab? Who needs the vaccine and how to get it
Joel Shannon USA TODAY Published 2:49 p.m. UTC Aug 1, 2018 A Pennsylvania pediatrician has been charged with sexually abusing 30 children over the course of decades. Dr. Johnnie Barto, 70, was first charged this spring with abusing a 12-year-old patient. On Monday, the state's attorney general announced charges connected with 29 more child victims. The victims included both boys and girls, a release says. One victim was 2 weeks old when the alleged abuse occurred. Most of the assaults occurred in an examination room at a pediatric practice in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, the release says. The alleged abuse occurred between the 1980s and January of this year. Barto would sometimes wait for parents to leave the room before abusing his victims, the release says. He also allegedly abused children with their parents in the room, shielding the parent's view with his body. He at times claimed the abuse was medical in nature, the release says. Some female … [Read more...] about Pediatrician charged with sexually abusing dozens of children, including a 2-week-old infant
FLU is the greatest threat to the UK health above terrorism and extreme weather events, a top nurse has warned. Hospital staff were told they should have the flu jab to protect patients, themselves and their families from the infectious bug. Rod Thomson, deputy president of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “When you are thinking about the impact [of not having the jab] to your patients and your colleagues, keep in mind that this is the highest threat to the UK.” The devastating 2017 flu season in the UK, which saw the killer Aussie flu sweep across the country, caused 352 deaths and left thousands more in hospital, according to the latest figures from Public Health England. At it's peak some eight million people were thought to be suffering the flu during winter, according to online tool FluSurvey. And the upcoming flu season could be even worse, as the Brisbane flu makes its way across the globe. The Brisbane flu, which originated in the Australian state of … [Read more...] about Flu is a bigger threat to Brits than terrorism and extreme weather, expert warns