Front­line staff given flu jabs

Rochdale Observer - - REMEMBRANCE SPECIAL -

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.”

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