Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Swine flu jab for flood workers

Whitehaven in West Cumbria, UK from where I write this blog, has thankfully escaped the floods sweeping the rest of the county. But it's still raining and the Met Office has issued another flash severe weather warning for this part of the world. In fact, there are only two major stories as far as this website is concerned: floods and swine flu. So it was probably inevitable that the two should combine at some point. Today it's been announced that flood workers (which includes the media covering the floods) are to be offered jabs for swine flu, winter flu and the other horribles that swirl around after floods. To quote Dr John Howarth,NHS Cumbria’s lead GP for Cockermouth: “We know from experience that the risk of respiratory infections can increase following floods. This is why it’s important that we provide protection for those vital people who are working tirelessly to help the residents of Cockermouth to recover from this disastrous situation." You can donate money to the flood victims at Cumbria Community Foundation.

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