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Innovative medical practice works in collaboration with Exeter City Council & Stagecoach to ensure flu vaccinations are delivered safely

Authored by Glen King Pr

St Thomas Medical Group (STMG) consisting of St Thomas Health Centre, Exwick Heath Centre, and Pathfinder Village Surgery, has teamed up with Exeter City Council and Stagecoach South West to provide a creative and innovative solution to safeguard their patients who are eligible for flu vaccinations; which is believed to be the first of its kind in Devon.

Established in 1969, STMG has...

Avoid flu – book your child’s vaccination appointment

Authored by Sarah Parker

Amid warnings that new cases of flu could peak over the busy Christmas period, the parents of a nine-year-old boy from Devon who died from the illness in January last year, are calling on parents to vaccinate their children.

The request follows the release of data from Public Health England (PHE), showing that GP consultations across the country for Influenza-like illness have risen...

Plymouth headteacher urges schools to protect against flu after outbreak left pupils in hospital last year

Authored by News Desk

A Plymouth head teacher has urged teachers and parents across the county to do all they can to get pupils vaccinated after a flu outbreak forced her to temporarily close her school last winter.

Dozens of children and staff at Woodlands School in Plymouth, whose pupils have complex physical and sensory difficulties, were taken ill by the highly infectious virus in February 2018....

Plymouth flu jab campaign launches

Authored by Mary

People in Plymouth who are eligible are being urged to have their flu jabs, as figures reveal that last winter four in every ten flu outbreaks in England were linked to schools.

Residents aged 65 and over, pregnant women, people with long term health conditions and children aged 2, 3, and 4, and children in school years 1, 2 and 3, are among the groups being encouraged to get...

Local pharmacies help fight flu in Devon

Authored by Mary

NHS doctors are urging people across Devon to get vaccinated against flu at their local pharmacy, under a new scheme introduced this winter.

After the mildest winter on record, experts are warning that the flu season has now started with increasing numbers of flu like illnesses presenting to GPs, With colder weather expected across the South West from next week the advice is to get the...

71% in South West face potential winter flu misery this Christmas

Authored by Mary

71% of people in South West are putting themselves at risk of contracting flu, according to recent research by Well Pharmacy

Of the 71% who haven’t had the flu jab administered this winter, 54% stated that they didn’t feel as though they needed it and one in ten were too scared of needles to have the procedure undertaken.

In fact, more than 30% of people in South West cited ‘...

Stay Well this winter in Plymouth

Authored by Mary

Plymouth City Council is urging local people to get their flu jabs as a major campaign to keep people well this winter is launched.

Public Health England has kicked off the new ‘Stay Well This Winter’ campaign with a new national flu vaccination programme for children, which this year seeks to help over three million 2-6 year olds, as the programme is extended to children in school...

Seasonal flu campaign launches with a POW!

Authored by Sarah Parker

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust have launched their own superhero-themed campaign, which aims to celebrate our flu fighting heroes, promote the benefits of the vaccination, whilst busting the myths that surround having it.

The campaign, designed and led by the Communications Team, will support the three-month programme of vaccination clinics held for staff across our Trust, run by our...

Don’t mistake meningitis for flu during winter months

Authored by Mary

The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is warning the public to be aware of the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia during the winter months and not to mistake the disease for minor illnesses like colds or flu.

The risk of meningitis and septicaemia heightens as winter approaches when people’s immune systems are weakened from fighting common illnesses making them more vulnerable...

Public urged to protect themselves against seasonal flu

Authored by JenniferJ

Winter is coming and Plymouth’s Public Health team is urging people to protect themselves and get vaccinated against seasonal flu.

The flu jab is available on the NHS for the following groups:

  • pregnant women
  • people with a serious underlying health problem
  • all adults aged 65 years or older
  • people living in a long-stay residential or
  • ...