OCT 00] CWN COMMENT
It Only Takes A Little Prick
you are, or you know, a pensioner who hasnít had a flu jab yet,
PLEASE make sure they have one.
after year the over-stretched NHS is brought to its knees by scores
of people going to hospital with flu.
of them merely have a bad cold Ė a lot of people donít really
know what flu is. But those with it who are sick and vulnerable
often have to be taken in.
isnít a lot that can be done for them in hospital, and valuable
bed space is taken up, while staff are exposed to infection.
Sometimes other admissions have to be turned away as casualty wards
people are most at risk from flu. The illness can cause other
problems, and it can be a killer.
why it is important to do something about it now. Coventry Health
Authority is trying campaign after campaign to get pensioners to
have their jab, but the message isnít getting through.
year the most successful of a widely-publicised programme of events
was giving pensioners in Canley and Tile Hill a free meal before
helped break down the barriers of communication often exist with the
elderly. Pensioners living alone were encouraged to come out and see
some other people. They were offered face-to-face advice and
reassurance about the jab.
those involved with the idea, it was warming to see some element of
community spirit restored, even if it was only for an afternoon. But
crucially, most of the people went had the vital jab.
idea is spreading to other parts of the city this year. But if you
know someone who has missed out, please encourage them to go their
GP before winter sets in.
could save lives Ė and not just their own.
[27 OCT 00] FOOD
FOR FLU AS PENSIONERS COAXED OUT