Plans in place in case of flu pandemic
PLANS are being put in place to deal with a flu pandemic by authorities across North Wales.
Preparations are being worked out following last year’s outbreak of Aussie flu which saw scores of people hospitalised in North Wales.
The body tasked with dealing with civil emergencies in the region, the North Wales Councils Regional Emergency Planning Service (NWCREPS), for which Flintshire Council is the lead authority, is drawing up plans to deal with a flu pandemic.
A report to members of Conwy’s economy and place committee said: “NWC-REPS is working across the region with the LRF and partner agencies to review the preparedness arrangements for pandemic flu. Health colleagues are keen to ensure that arrangements are in place for the forthcoming ‘flu season and pandemic is still classed as ‘very high’ on the national and community risk registers. ● Meanwhile Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is urging older people across North Wales to get their annual flu vaccine now, before flu begins to circulate.
This year there is a flu vaccine for those aged 65 and over that offers better protection. Vaccine deliveries have been staggered across the UK, which has meant some people have been asked to wait for their flu vaccine this year. However, all flu vaccines for older people have now been delivered, so anyone who has been asked to wait and return later for the most appropriate flu vaccine should now get back in touch with their GP or community pharmacy and make sure they get their vaccine.
Flu does not usually start to circulate before mid-December, so people aged 65 and over should get their vaccine soon for best possible protection. ● See www.beatflu.org or www. curwchffliw.org.