Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a respiratory illness, affecting the lungs and airways, and is the result of an infection caused by an influenza virus. As influenza circulates each year in the UK during the winter months (generally October to April), it is sometimes called seasonal flu and results from slight changes to the virus from the previous year which means that some people who encounter the new virus may no longer be fully immune.
On the 12th October 2016, Community Pharmacy Wales held a mass vaccination event at the National Assembly for Wales, demonstrating the role pharmacists can play in providing vaccinations for winter flu. In total over a hundred Assembly Members and National Assembly staff received a vaccination.
Commenting on the event, Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy Wales Russell Goodway said: “Pharmacists are part of the front line of public health and are increasing the number of flu vaccines undertaken year on year. Right across Wales we are enabling more and more people to get vaccinated and stay well this winter.
“Community Pharmacy Wales is grateful to Angela Burns AM, Conservative health spokesperson, for sponsoring this highly effective event at the National Assembly, and we are really pleased to have helped over a hundred people to get vaccinated.”
(Photos Angela Burns AM and Andrew RT Davies AM receiving their winter flu vaccines)