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We have finalised the 2017 dates for the flu vaccinations for the care homes in Bedford Borough:

2nd October- Annandale & Beacon

5th October- Henrietta House & The Mallards

6th October-  Langslade & Dial House

10th October- Waterloo House, The Willows & Arden House

12th October- Milton Ernest Hall & Sharnbrook House

17th October- Crescent Nursing & Oasis House

19th October- Parkside & Rivermead

24th October- Anjulita Court

26th October- Elcombe House, Lillibet House & Highfield.

31st October- Bushmead Court, Salvete & St Margarets

2nd November- Elcombe House, Lillibet House & Highfield

7th November- Kimbolton Lodge & Bedford Charter House

9th November- Hepworth House, Lillibet Lodge & Manton Heights

14th November- Crossways Nursing Home, Puttenhoe Care Home.

16th November- Southway & Airedale.

Please remember that on the date of our visit we will require a member of staff to:

Ensure the care plans for each patient to add notification of flu vaccination given are ready.

Ensure Systemone consent sharing is in place for each resident in the care home for the flu vaccination to be given.

Loose clothing to be worn to allow easy access for the administration of the flu vaccination.

After the flu vaccination the area around the site may be red and tender, a cool flannel may help to ease these symptoms. Paracetamol from homely remedies may be administered if the resident has mild symptoms of fever, a cough or runny nose.

Common winter illnesses and health advice from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

  • Colds – to ease the symptoms of a cold, drink plenty of fluids and try to rest. Steam inhalation and vapour rubs can also help. Prevent colds from spreading by washing your hands thoroughly, cleaning surfaces regularly and always sneeze and cough into tissues, throwing them away after use.
  • Sore throats – a sore throat is almost always caused by a viral infection, such as a cold. Try not to eat or drink anything that’s too hot, as this could further irritate your throat; cool or warm drinks and cool, soft foods should go down easier.
  • Asthma – a range of weather-related triggers can set off asthma symptoms, including cold air. Covering your nose and mouth with a warm scarf when you’re out can help.
  • Norovirus – this is also known as the winter vomiting bug, although it can cause diarrhoea too. The main thing to do to is drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. You can also take paracetamol for any aches, pains or fever.
  • Flu – if you’re 65 or over, have a long-term health condition such as diabetes or kidney disease, flu can be life-threatening, so it’s important to seek help early. However, if you’re generally fit and healthy, the best treatment is to rest, stay warm and drink plenty of water.