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Flu Vaccination programme Oct - Jan 2013/14 We still have Influenza vaccinations in stock and are continuing to contact all our registered patients who are in one of the risk groups to invite them in for this important annual vaccine
Risk groups (as set out by the DoH) are patients who are either 65+ years old or have a chronic disease (such as Diabetes, Asthma, COPD, Heart Disease etc)or are pregnant or a carer. For a full list of those eligible for the flu vaccine Click here
If you are in a risk group and don't want to wait for the invitation letter or phone call, please make an appointment for one of our 'flu clincs'
Childhood Influenza Vaccination There’s now a safe and effective nasal spray vaccine (Fluenz) to protect children aged
two years and older against flu. The vaccine is easy to give and painless and has been used safely in other countries for a number of years. Flu can be a nasty illness that can lead to a stay in hospital, especially for children with other medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. l If your child gets flu they won’t be able to go to school/nursery for several days
and will need to be cared for at home. You may have to take time off to look after them.
The Department of Health has introduced 'Fluenz' in 2013/14 for children who were aged 2 or 3 years old on the 1st Sept 2013 (born between the 2nd Sept 2009 and the 1st Sept 2011). In future years this annual vaccination will be extended to cover all children aged 2 - 17 years old. We are currently phoning or sending a letter out to all parents of all our registered children, born in the age group above, inviting them to make an appointment for their child to have the Fluenz vaccination. If you haven't yet heard from us and your child is in the correct age group, please ring the practice for an appointment. If you don't want your child to have the vaccination this year, please let us know.
Protecting your child can stop the flu spreading to other children he/she may come into contact with, and to the rest of the family, in particular to grandparents, who may be at particular risk from flu.
For advice, please ring the practice or you can get further guidance from www.nhs.uk/child-flu
Sharing your confidential information with the NHS In Spring 2014, the HSCIC (Health and Social care Information Centre) will start to extract data from patient information held on computer systems used for patient healthcare to allow those planning NHS services to provide more 'joined-up' care or to address variations in the quality, efficiency and equity of health service provision and is called the 'care.data' programme. It will also help those carrying out medical research.
The HSCIC will be gathering this data from from many different parts of the NHS including GP held patient records. This confidential information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, will be sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.
GPs are legally required, under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, to provide data to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) for the care.data programme.
You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. The link below gives more information and FAQs
Care Data Leaflet
December - Childhood Cancer Awareness month
It's Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this December. Around 1500-1700 children are diagnosed with cancer every year and 50% are younger than five years old.
Common childhood cancers include lymphomas, leukemia and brain cancer. To find out more about the different conditions, visit the website for more information. CLIC Sargentalso wants to put an emphasis on helping parents - so many parents have to be amazingly strong and they understand that it's difficult to keep a stiff upper lip when your child is suffering. They encourage parents not to dwell on the fact their child has a cruel condition, but instead asks them to come together and focus on allowing their child to have as normal and happy a life as possible.
So, in keeping with more positive approach, what can you do to help this December during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. There's lots of planned events you can take part in - fancy skydiving? Or, if that's a bit too daring, you can take part in other events like sponsored cycles or treks. Or why not volunteer your services and take part in theBig Bucket Collectionto help raise £100,000 for children and young people with cancer and their families.
21 Dec - 5 Jan = Festival of Winter Walks
The Festival of Winter Walks was set up by Britain's walking charity, Ramblers. Their aim is to make walking paths safer and encourage people to do more walking. And this year, they want you to go out walking over the Christmas period!
There will be hundreds of free woodland walks taking place all over the country between 21 December 2013 and 5 January 2014. It's a great way to burn off that christmas dinner and have fun doing it together with your loved ones.
Depending on how much you feel like doing, there will be short, easy trails you can enjoy with family and more challenging walks for the experienced hiker!
They'll take place in various places in Scotland, England and Wales, each one guided by someone from Ramblers. Some will even have themes like 'fancy dress', 'tipsy toddles' and 'cake walks'.
And of course each walk will be about exploring the wintry landscape. It can seem more appealing to curl up indoors, but it's during winter that some of our most beautiful scenery appears.
For more information on Ramblers wintry walks, go to theFestival of Winter Walkswebsite.