Fight­ing flu can be quick and pain­less

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THE an­nual fight against flu is un­der­way and par­ents in Buck­ing­hamshire are en­cour­aged to get their young chil­dren vac­ci­nated against the virus.

Chil­dren aged two, three or four, or in school years one and two, are all el­i­gi­ble for a free flu vac­ci­na­tion on the NHS. The child-friendly nasal spray vac­ci­na­tion means chil­dren can avoid hav­ing the dreaded in­jec­tion and in­stead have a quick, pain­less squirt into each nos­tril.

In Buck­ing­hamshire, chil­dren aged two to four can visit their GP for the nasal spray vac­ci­na­tion; while school nurses are run­ning clin­ics for chil­dren in years one and two.

Con­sul­tant in Pub­lic Health, NHS Eng­land South (South Cen­tral) Paula Jackson said: “This year is the first time that all our youngest pri­mary school chil­dren are el­i­gi­ble for the free nasal spray vac­cine making this the largest school-based vac­ci­na­tion pro­gramme in Eng­land in­volv­ing more than 13,000 chil­dren in Buck­ing­hamshire.

“It is im­por­tant to pro­tect young chil­dren from flu. It can be a very un­pleas­ant ill­ness in chil­dren as they suf­fer the same symp­toms as adults, in­clud­ing fever, chills and aching mus­cles. Vac­ci­nat­ing young chil­dren also helps to pro­tect other peo­ple who are vul­ner­a­ble to flu, like older peo­ple and peo­ple with long-term health con­di­tions, be­cause it re­duces the chance of spread­ing the virus.”

Sarah Bick­er­ton, from Princes Ris­bor­ough, booked an ap­point­ment for her three-year-old son James to have his vac­ci­na­tion at Hugh­en­den Val­ley Surgery in High Wy­combe.

She said: “I wanted James to have the flu vac­ci­na­tion to pro­tect him from the flu and to stop him giv­ing it to other peo­ple.

“His six-year-old sis­ter had the vac­ci­na­tion at school so I wanted James to have it too. He was ab­so­lutely fine, very calm. It took two sec­onds and it’s pain­less.”

Chiltern Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group’s com­mis­sion­ing di­rec­tor for chil­dren’s ser­vices Dr Dal Sa­hota said: “We all know how good chil­dren are at spread­ing germs and ill­nesses around, so get­ting the flu vac­ci­na­tion is a really good way to pro­tect not only them, but also help avoid your en­tire fam­ily fall­ing ill this win­ter.” A HOS­PI­TAL worker who runs a cen­tre pro­vid­ing ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion to can­cer suf­fer­ers and their fam­i­lies has been given an award.

Ni­cola Neale is the man­ager of the Macmil­lan Can­cer In­for­ma­tion and Sup­port Cen­tre at Wex­ham Park Hos­pi­tal, and has been given the Henry Gar­nett award in recog­ni­tion of her work.

Mrs Neale has been run­ning the cen­tre since it opened in 2012, and as well as help­ing pa­tients di­rectly, she has been able to forge links with the com­mu­nity and is an am­bas­sador for Macmil­lan.

Un­der her lead­er­ship, the cen­tre achieved the Macmil­lan Qual­ity En­vi­ron­ment Mark ear­lier this year.

Col­leagues joined Mrs Neale at a pre­sen­ta­tion at the hos­pi­tal ear­lier this month where de­vel­op­ment man­ager He­len Pet­ley pre­sented her with the award. She said: “Macmil­lan present this award to recog­nise the ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tion that in­spi­ra­tional pro­fes­sion­als make be­yond their core pro­fes­sional role.

“This could in­clude work pro­mot­ing and sup­port­ing Macmil­lan through the me­dia, fundrais­ing, pol­icy LONELY el­derly peo­ple can enjoy Christ­mas Day in the com­pany of oth­ers thanks to vol­un­teers putting on an an­nual party.

Prepa­ra­tions are un­der­way for the Che­sham and Amer­sham Christ­mas Day Party for the El­derly.

This an­nual free event is open to any older per­son liv­ing in Che­sham, Amer­sham and Lit­tle Chal­font who may be on their own on Christ­mas Day.

The party will once again be held at the Dou­glas McMinn Cen­tre, in East Street, Che­sham, be­tween 11am and 3pm on Christ­mas Day, and of­fers a full Christ­mas din­ner, carols, a visit from Fa­ther Christ­mas, a small de­vel­op­ment or ed­u­cat­ing across net­works.

“In Ni­cola’s case, she has gone above and be­yond her post, en­gag­ing with all groups in the com­mu­nity and in­creas­ing the num­ber of peo­ple helped by Macmil­lan lo­cally.

“The num­ber of vol­un­teers work­ing in the in­for­ma­tion and sup­port cen­tre, as well as the num­ber of do­na­tions re­ceived, has also gift and en­ter­tain­ment.

Help with trans­port can be ar­ranged.

Che­sham’s mayor Coun­cil­lor Peter Hud­son, who is co-or­di­nat­ing the event this year, said: “No one should be on their own on Christ­mas Day, and I would en­cour­age any older per­son that may be fac­ing a Christ­mas alone to make con­tact and book their free place.”

Amer­sham’s mayor Coun­cil­lor Amanda La­mont, is sup­port­ing the Christ­mas Day Party for the El­derly. She added: “Don’t be shy, get in touch and book your place – we’re go­ing to have a great party.”

Chair­man of Chal­font Parish

Lit­tle Coun­cil in­creased thanks to her ef­forts.”

Mrs Neale ex­pressed her thanks at re­ceiv­ing the award and said: “It is fan­tas­tic to re­ceive an award in recog­ni­tion of do­ing a role I love, and I hope that I will be able to con­tinue to help and sup­port pa­tients, fam­i­lies and col­leagues in main­tain­ing high stan­dards of in­for­ma­tion and sup­port.” Coun­cil­lor Brian Drew said: “I am pleased that Peter Hud­son has en­sured that the Christ­mas Party will take place this year and I would ask that any­one who knows an older per­son, who might be on their own at Christ­mas, would en­cour­age them to con­tact the or­gan­is­ers and book their place.”

To re­serve your place and re­ceive in­for­ma­tion, reg­is­ter your in­ter­est at your lo­cal town or parish coun­cil, ei­ther Che­sham on 01494 774 842, Amer­sham on 01494 434 000 or Lit­tle Chal­font on 01494 766 655.

Al­ter­na­tively con­tact Mr Hud­son by email­ing phud­son@chiltern.gov.uk or call­ing 07557 819 732. Please post me free & with­out obli­ga­tion full de­tails of the SoundLens hear­ing aid. Tick if pen­sioner.

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