Plans in place in case of flu pan­demic

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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