A more effective flu vaccine for those aged 65 and over this winter has the potential to prevent deaths and significantly reduce the burden on the NHS.
The vaccine, to be available for the first time this year in october for those aged 65 and over, could reduce GP consultations by 30,000, hospitalisations by over 2,000 and prevent over 700 hospital deaths from flu in England, alleviating some of the health burden that seasonal flu places on the population, workplaces and the NHS.
The newly available ‘adjuvanted’ vaccine is expected to significantly boost effectiveness by improving the body’s immune response to the vaccine. This is important because typically, older adults’ bodies do not respond as well to the flu vaccine due to their naturally weaker immune systems.
This protects against a total of four strains of flu; two strains of flu A and two strains of flu B.
The vaccination programme will also be improved by extending the nasal spray vaccine to primary school children in year 5 (650,000 extra children), meaning the vaccine will be offered to children in years reception, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The programme will eventually roll out to all primary school children.
When this happens, evidence suggests that an additional 63,000 GP consultations could be prevented each year. Due to having typically poorer hand hygiene than adults, children tend to be ‘super-spreaders’ of flu, so protecting them is crucial for protecting the rest of the population.
People who are eligible for the flu vaccine this year include:
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), with stroke and heart attack being the most common examples, is the leading cause of death for men and the second leading cause of death for women.
A quarter (24,000) of CVD deaths are in people under the age of 75, with 80% of these preventable if people made lifestyle and behaviour changes to improve their heart health.
High cholesterol and high blood pressure can both increase someone’s heart age, making them up to 3 times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke.
Amazon’s Treasure Truck will arrive in London and Manchester for 2 days to support the campaign and Omron’s nurses and technicians will be testing the blood pressure of as many people as possible. The events will be in London and Manchester on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 September.
People with “hidden disabilities” including autism and mental health conditions will become eligible for blue badge parking permits under the largest overhaul of the system in 40 years.
From next year, those with less immediately obvious illnesses will have the same right to a badge allowing them to park closer to their destinations as those with physical disabilities, the Department for Transport said.
It said that while the current rules covering the badge scheme in England do not specifically exclude those with non-physical disabilities they “are open to interpretation” by local authorities and required greater clarity.
Transport Minister Jesse Norman said: “Blue badges are a lifeline for disabled people, giving them the freedom and confidence to get to work and visit friends independently.
The statistics show that epidemic levels have already been reached in the city of York, with Herefordshire and north Somerset close behind.
Flu viruses are split into three different types: A, B and C Influenza, with lots of different strains within these.
Antibiotics are important medicines for treating bacterial infections in both humans and animals.
However, bacteria can adapt and ﬁnd ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic.
Taking antibiotics means you’re more likely to get an antibiotic resistant infection, especially children.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the most significant threats to patients' safety in Europe. It is driven by overusing antibiotics and prescribing them inappropriately.
Always take your doctor or nurse’s advice – if prescribed antibiotics, take as directed and never save them for later use or share with others.
The revised advice, based on the latest scientific evidence, means that people vulnerable to infection or who are likely to suffer serious symptoms from food poisoning (such as infants, children, pregnant women and elderly people) can now safely eat raw or lightly cooked hen eggs or foods containing them.
The decision to change the advice is a result of the findings from an expert group that was set up by the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) found that the presence of salmonella in UK eggs has been dramatically reduced in recent years, and the risks are very low for eggs which have been produced according to food safety controls applied by the British Lion Code of Practice. More than 90% of UK eggs are produced under this scheme.
How To Beat Colds and Flu Survival Guide
The common cold is a viral infectious disease but symptoms can be eased.
Fruits / juice with more vitamin C than oranges. Strawberry , Kiwi, guavas, papaya, pineapple.
Britons really do eat too much sugar: 700g of the sweet stuff a week. That's an average of 140 teaspoons per person.
Stop taking sugar and start using sweetners instead, not only reduces sugar intake, it also less Calories too.
27 September 2017
'Instant' blood test for heart attacks could slash A&E waiting times
The new test is much more accurate than the one currently on offer and could free up doctors' time and NHS beds if rolled out nationally over the next 5 years. It works by analysing biomarkers, including cardiac troponin.
It is thought that more than two-thirds of people who go to A&E with chest pain have not had a heart attack.
Scientists from King's College London have now developed a new test that looks for another biomarker - cardiac myosin-binding protein C (cMyC) - which is found to be even more sensitive at detecting damage to the heart muscle.
Levels of cMyC in the blood increase more rapidly after a heart attack, and to a higher extent, than troponin.
Experts calculated that just one UK hospital - St Thomas' in London, which carries out 7,800 heart attack tests each year - could save £800,000 a year by reducing admissions and freeing up beds.
13 May 2017
Jade's Mental Health Awareness Week event
Jade raising awareness and helping the community thriving with good mental health not struggling to survive!
She has designed a mental health app which is currently being devloped.
25 April 2017
Nurses wear pyjamas as a uniform
West Herts NHS staff swapped uniforms for Pyjamas in order to highlight how nursing, midwifery and care staff have a significant role to play in transforming the provision and delivery of care across different settings.
13 March 2017
How dogs may help fight cancer
Detecting changes in blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetes patients and urine samples from those with prostate cancer.
1 March 2017
Women warned about private Down's syndrome tests
Pregnant women are being urged to ask questions of private providers offering a new test for Down's syndrome.
It says some fail to make it clear that non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) can offer only an estimate of Down's risk and is not diagnostic.
When Alistair Lawrie was diagnosed with lung cancer he feared the worst.
But now, over 12 years on, he is enjoying life more than ever
Know the Signs & Symptoms, BBC Breakfast discus in video
NHS predicts 2018 will be demanding with obesity on the rise
It warns conditions such as type 2 diabetes and smoking-related bronchitis are a new and untreatable epidemic.
Hertfordshire is best place to raise a family, says uSwitch
Better Family Life index finds East of England residents rank highest in Britain for exam results, pay prospects and sunshine.
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