Fighting flu can be quick and painless
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.”
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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.
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