Councillors bare arms to fight flu

30 October 2014 in Health
As part of a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of flu jabs, three Newham councillors have been given their flu jabs. The jabs were administered by Dr Zarifa of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Cllrs get their flu jabs
Last year, more Newham residents who were vulnerable to flu virus received a free jab than in any other part of London. This included pregnant women and people with long-term conditions such as diabetes.

To help Newham maintain this impressive track record, Councillors Clive Furness, Frances Clarke and Joy Laguda bared arms and received their injections.

For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant experience, but for some people it can be serious. All of the councillors vaccinated fall under groups that have been identified as most at risk of developing flu. These groups include:
  • Those aged 65 or over
  • Pregnant women
  • People with a long term condition such as a heart problem, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, a chest complaint or breathing difficulties including bronchitis or emphysema
  • People with a weakened immune system – for example patients taking steroids or undergoing treatment for cancer
  • All children aged between two and four years old
  • Carers for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
All GP surgeries in the borough offer the jab free of charge to people who are at risk to make sure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications. The vaccine is updated every year to combat the latest flu strains, so even if residents have had the jab in previous years, they will still need it again this year.

Councillor Clive Furness, mayoral adviser for adults and health, said:  “We are keen to see those that are susceptible to developing flu, take up their free jabs. It’s important that residents know that this free service is available to help prevent people from becoming seriously ill and also keep the residents healthy.”