Over 23,000 over 65 year olds in Sandwell and West Birmingham left themselves at risk of the deadly flu last year, NHS figures have revealed. NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging all over 65s to get their free flu vaccination before the flu season hits hard in the coming weeks.
A new family-friendly hero, Flo the Dragon, is getting her teeth into spreading healthy advice in Sandwell and West Birmingham this winter.
GPs cannot cure colds and flu, instead treatments are better found at home or in pharmacies.
Flo the Dragon takes off this week, enhancing the national NHS Help Us Help You campaign, to remind everyone about where to go for colds and flu.
The roadshows, which are being run by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), are being held at:
- Monday 29 October – Wednesbury Leisure Centre, High Bullen, Wednesbury, WS10 7HP (10am – 4pm).
- Tuesday 30 October – Handsworth Library, Soho Rd, Birmingham, B21 9DP (10am – 4pm).
- Thursday 1 November – Central Library, 316 High St, West Bromwich, B70 8DZ (10.30am – 3.30pm).
One in 11 maternal deaths are as a result of flu, yet despite this more than 5,500 pregnant women in Sandwell and West Birmingham left themselves and their unborn child at risk of the deadly flu virus last year.
NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging all pregnant women to contact their midwife or GP to get their free flu vaccination before the flu virus starts circulating.
Nutrition and Hydration Week, which runs from 12-18 March, is an important annual campaign which focuses on promoting awareness and encouraging people to ensure good nutrition and hydration as part of their daily diet.