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Flu concerns for vunerable

By: Channel 4 News

The government has confirmed that flu jabs will be delayed, sparking concerns for the vunerable.

The jab is usually given to high-risk groups first, including the over-65s, people with respiratory conditions like asthma, and those with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Earlier this year, manufacturers were forced to switch to growing a flu strain for the vaccine called 161B after another strain, Wisconsin 161, failed to grow.

That has resulted in delayed deliveries to GP surgeries. Today, the Department of Health said the situation was better than it predicted in June but warned that some surgeries in England would have to share their stocks.

The Department has ordered 15.2 million doses for across the UK - around a million more than last year. It said there should be enough doses in the long-term but some patients would have to wait.

A shortage last year led to a row after the Government claimed GPs were giving flu jabs to the "worried well", instead of prioritising at-risk groups. By the end of this October, GP surgeries will have received more than 9m doses, and a total of 13m doses by the end of November.

The full delivery of 15.2m doses should be completed by the end of December, the Department of Health said.

Those figures compare to last year's when 2m doses were delivered by the end of September and 10.5m by the end of October.

The British Medical Association (BMA) said surgeries faced a challenge to immunise everybody and asked patients to wait to hear from their doctor rather than pick up the phone.

Cold weather can kill up to 20,000 people a year in the UK, rising to 40,000 in particularly cold winters, with thousands of deaths attributable to the flu.

The at-risk groups, in order of priority for the flu jab, are: - Those aged 65 and over -Those with a chronic respiratory disease like asthma - Those with chronic heart disease - Those with chronic renal disease - Those with chronic liver disease - Those with diabetes - Those with a compromised immune system and those living in long-stay residential care homes or long-stay facilities.

Channel4.com
Aromatherapy for Colds & Flu

Over the course of the next five or six months its bound to happen, first, it's a scratchy throat, then comes the watery eyes, closely followed by the dreaded runny nose. welcome to cold and flu season.

While washing your hands regularly, avoiding those who are already infected and covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing can help prevent many problems, the odds are stacked against you when it comes to avoiding the ills of the season. According to the Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minnesota, the average North American adult catches about two to four colds a year; children contract between five and nine each year with preschoolers being the most susceptible. Your odds of becoming infected numerous times during the year greatly increase with the number of children in your household.

There are a great many modern remedies for minor cold and flu symptoms that can be purchased from your local drug store; there are also a number of natural alternatives for home treatment of common cold and flu discomforts. There are even some wonderful natural options available to help prevent the common cold and keep those nasty flu bugs at bay. Please keep in mind that severe cases of colds and the flu should be reported to your doctor, but there are gentle, natural alternatives available to boost the immune system and comfort the symptoms of these common ills.

Aromatherapy and essential oils are a great means to help combat colds and flu, boost your immune system and provide comfort from symptoms when feeling poorly. Did your mother ever use a vapor rub on your chest and back to help with a cold or cough? If you answered yes then you've already been using aromatherapy to help fight these infections. The majority of these vapor rub products originally contained camphor and eucalyptus essential oils as ingredients; unfortunately today they contain synthetic versions of these same ingredients.
There are a number of essential oils that work well during this time of year; these essential oils have antiseptic, decongestant, expectorant and disinfectant properties. All essential oils are antibacterial to some degree, while others are antiviral and others antifungal. A small number of essential oils have all three properties.

The essential oils that are especially good for treating cold and flu symptoms are:

Tea Tree

Eucalyptus

Camphor

Rosemary

I have suppliers, if you can't find therapuetic oils...just any oil will NOT do!!! There are also blends available
that have very high ORAC values...

If your immune system is working as it should you will not catch or attract or get colds and flus, etc. Big Grin
Some good points there, AZCowGirl. :wink:
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