Council encourages social care staff and at risk groups to get flu vaccine

Date: 22/10/2014

We are encouraging those who fall into an 'at risk' group to get a free NHS flu vaccine.

Frontline social care workers who work with vulnerable people are also being urged to get a free flu vaccine as part of a Council scheme.

Cllr Peter Box, leader of the Council, teamed up with Debbie Wilson, a moving  and handling advisor, and support workers Tracey Hoyland and Marie Hammond, who have all had the vaccine, to help promote the message to get inoculated.

 Wakefield Council is providing flu vaccinations to frontline social care workers so that staff are themselves are protected, as are vulnerable clients. 

Cllr Box said: said: "We want to promote the flu jab to frontline social care workers in a bid to protect vulnerable members the public against flu. 

"The injection takes just a few seconds, is quick and painless, so I'd urge all of those who are eligible to ensure they are protected, so that they can protect the vulnerable people around them."

The initiative is also being back by Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, who said: "I'd encourage any residents who are in the 'at risk' groups to visit by their GP practice and take up the offer of the vaccine in order to safeguard their health."

The following groups are eligible for this year's flu vaccination:

Over 65's and at risk groups, including pregnant women (at risk groups cover those with a long term health condition, i.e. diabetes, those with a weakened immune system (e.g. HIV or cancer patients), heart disease, chronic respiratory disease (e.g. severe asthma, COPD, bronchitis), kidney disease, liver disease,

 Dr Andrew Furber, Director of Public Health, at Wakefield Council said: "Seasonal Influenza is highly contagious and easily preventable.

 "It is really important to get vaccinated, particularly for infants, people with on-going health problems like diabetes, older people and pregnant women - contact your GP surgery and make an appointment.

"The virus can be passed from people who don't even have the symptoms. It is important for us to remain vigilant and take all the necessary precautions to protect those who are more vulnerable."