Friday 20 October 2017
Islanders are being reminded to get their flu vaccine as soon as possible as it is forecast to be a very heavy flu season.
All islanders aged over 65 years and people of any age with certain medical conditions are highly likely to benefit from protection against the 'flu. These conditions include: chronic lung or heart disease; kidney or liver disease; HIV infection, diabetes; and severe obesity. It is also recommended for pregnant women; for those in long stay residential care; for healthcare workers who are directly involved in patient care; and for those who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk.
As well as targeting those with certain medical conditions, HSC is also targeting children as they are the 'super spreaders' of flu.
Guernsey and Alderney's Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr Nicola Brink says
'The flu vaccine for children is easy to administer as it's a nasal spray rather than an injection. Its quick and painless but will protect your child as well as you, your friends and family. The Committee for Health and Social Care have made this vaccine available through the GP practices for children aged 2 and 3 and through your child's school for those in reception to year 4. There is therefore no cost to the parents.'
The three primary care groups on the island fully support this annual flu vaccine campaign. Now is the time for Islanders to ensure they have good protection during the coming flu season.
HSC has published information about the Bailiwick immunisation programme on the States of Guernsey website https://gov.gg/immunisationprogramme