Frontline staff given flu jabs
NHS and council staff are fighting the flu by getting vaccinated this winter.
Each year Rochdale Council funds a staff vaccination programme targeting frontline staff who work with vulnerable groups. All health service staff are entitled to the vaccination and this year the offer has been extended to health and social care staff.
Flu is very infectious so ensuring that staff who come into contact with residents are vaccinated is important in limiting the spread of the virus.
The vaccination is the best protection from the flu and they are offered free to those residents who could be at risk of developing severe complications.
This year, the flu vaccination is being offered to: Those aged 65 years and over; Those aged six months to under 65 in clinical risk groups; Pregnant women; Those living in a residential or nursing home; The main carer of an older or disabled person; Children aged 2-3 and those in reception class, and school years 1-5 (to those in year 5 for the first time); People with learning disabilities and those who care for them.
Council leader Allen Brett said: “I urge anyone who is entitled to a free flu jab to make an appointment with their GP or pharmacy to help our borough stay well this winter.”