An online game is helping Public Health Wales to promote the benefits of flu vaccination in a fun way, targeting in particular eligible children aged two to four and those in school year seven. The free, downloadable game is likely to see a surge in usage during National Parents’ Week (20 - 26 October), with parents and children being encouraged to play the online game together and ‘beat the bugs’. The interactive game can be played on computers or portable devices including smart phones or tablets, and accessed via the ‘Beat Flu’ website (www.beatflu.org) or Facebook page.
The game highlights the availability of free nasal spray flu vaccines for two, three and four year olds in Wales, in addition to school year seven pupils (this is the first year of secondary school).
Last year children aged two and three were offered the nasal spray vaccine but only one in three took up the offer.
This is the second phase of the childhood flu vaccination programme and it is anticipated that when the programme is fully implemented all children aged two - 16 will be offered the nasal spray flu vaccine each autumn. This is in addition to other eligible groups such as those aged 65 and over, those in with long term health conditions, carers, plus all pregnant women who will be offered an injectable flu vaccine.
Dr Richard Roberts, Head of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Programme at Public Health Wales, said: “The game is a simple but fun way to get our message out there and encourage take up of the vaccination.
“Children aged two and three were offered a nasal spray vaccine last year but only one in three (37.8%) took up the offer. Young children are a particularly important group and we have added four year olds to the routine vaccination programme this year.
“We hope to see a vast increase in the numbers of young children getting protected by the flu nasal spray vaccine. If youngsters and their parents can all beat the bugs online, the children can certainly beat the bugs for real by getting their nasal spray vaccination at their GP surgery! But parents need to hurry before flu illnesses arrive and the viruses start to circulate”
The annual flu vaccination programme aims to ensure that the people who need it most get free protection each year against the flu. This year, for the second year running, a flu nasal spray vaccine is being offered to children who were two or three years old on 31 August and school year 7 pupils, and for the first time, four year olds have been added to the vaccination programme.
To play the game, visit www.beatflu.org or www.curwchffliw.org. Alternatively, play the game via the Beat Flu or Curwch Ffliw Facebook pages.
Source: Hywel Dda University Health Board
An Action Group set up to fight plans to create a waste recycling facility at Glyngwernen Quarry near Swiss Valley/Felinfoel has published a list of concerns and issues underlying its objections.
The quarry, located at Llethri Road (past GEStamp/Camfords),near the gradient known locally as "Devil’s Hill" is subject to a planning application for the 'CONSTRUCTION OF AN INERT WASTE RECYCLING FACILITY AND ASSOCIATED WORKS'. The aims are to recycle aggregate materials from construction and demolition waste.
A number of issues have been outlined by the group, ranging from traffic concerns, to water run off, noise pollution, and dust. Among these is a concern that there is no reliable way of identifying asbestos or other contaminants mixed amongst tons of aggregate from a demolition site before going into the crusher and becoming airborne. Another of the concerns is the water risk associated with the construction and operation of the site, related to the release of hydrocarbons (oil/petrol)and other contaminants adversely discharging in to the existing surface water drainage network and into the River Dafen.
The full document detailing health and loss of local amenity worries can be found Here.
The Rural Council has also submitted objections to the plans. The planning application is now in the consultation phase and objections can be raised until the 14th August.
A new website has revealed how Dafen ranks for potentially fatal conditions, including cancer and heart disease, when compared to national averages.
According to the Environmental Health Atlas for England and Wales, a new online tool developed by the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) based at Imperial College London, women living in the Dafen census ward statistically have the lowest risk levels for heart disease in Carmarthenshire – and among the lowest in Wales – when compared to averages across England and Wales. And in the same category, men in Dafen have a relative risk which is average. The relative risk for kidney disease for both men and women in Dafen is average, while the relative risk is below average for lung cancer. However the relative risk for some other types of cancer is above average.
The atlas provides interactive maps of geographical variations for a range of health conditions and environmental agents at a neighbourhood scale in England and Wales.
By inputting a postcode into the atlas, users can zoom into a neighbourhood and examine health and environmental maps for their local area. The maps have been developed as a resource for the public, researchers and anyone working in public health and policy to better understand the geographic distribution of health conditions in England and Wales. It also provides contextual information such as known risk factors for the health conditions and a summary of what is known about possible health effects associated with environmental agents mapped in the atlas including pollution, sunshine and pesticides. The maps provide information about risks and concentrations for areas, but risks and exposures for individuals living in those areas may differ.
To explore the maps visit: www.envhealthatlas.co.uk
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