OCT 00] COVENTRY HEALTH AUTHORITY NEWS
Food For Flu As
Pensioners Coaxed Out
living in the south east of Coventry are to be given a free meal as
part of a campaign to persuade them to have their flu jab.
professionals have been struggling for years to find ways to
encourage older people to get the vaccine before the on-set of
major campaign last year across the city met with limited success,
as elderly people failed to respond to pleas to come forward.
a result a flu crisis almost paralysed Walsgrave Hospital as beds
filled with people suffering from the illness.
experiment which did prove a success was encouraging people to come
along for a free lunch and an afternoon of socialising in the
who have had the jab were also invited along to provide reassurance
at the events in Canley and Tile Hill.
the cost of the food, the scheme proved a lot more cost-effective
than other efforts.
year the idea has been adopted by Coventry Health Authority,
Coventry Healthcare Trust and the South East Area Co-ordination
will be fun afternoons to give people a meal and a jab in Binley,
Willenhall and Stoke Aldermoor.
will be quizzes based around healthy eating, and “fruit” bingo.
All participants will receive a goody bag with fruit and information
on keeping warm during the winter.
Higdon, Health Promotion Specialist at Coventry Health Authority,
are hoping to provide a fun, social afternoon for older people,
which will also give them the opportunity to have their flu jab,
if they have not already had one.”
sessions are at: Binley Colliery Club, Wednesday 1 November, Haggard
Centre Monday 6 November, Stoke Aldermoor Community Centre Thursday
lunches will be served at 1pm and anyone living in these areas is
welcome to come along. Transport is available by calling 024 7663
[27 OCT 00] COMMENT: IT
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