Northamptonshire County Council and the Northamptonshire's Clinical Commissioning Groups are once again urging people to get their flu vaccines booked in as winter approaches.
Flu is a highly infectious viral illness which can lead to complications, hospital admissions and even death. Symptoms of flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches and tiredness. Those people in 'at risk' groups are also susceptible to further complications.
Flu has a big impact on NHS winter pressures both in terms of the illness itself and its impact on the wider health and care system due to other complications or staff and carer illness.
The flu vaccine is the most effective way to reduce the occurrence of illness and the unplanned hospital admissions that inevitably follow, particularly in the over 65 year old age group and those with long term health conditions.
This winter, the vaccine is free of charge for the following people:
People belonging to any of these groups should speak to their GP to book a vaccination, or visit a local pharmacy as they may also provide free flu vaccinations. Frontline staff can also contact their occupational health team.
Cabinet Member for Public Health at Northamptonshire County Council, Cllr Ian Morris, said:
"In the last 3 years, over 11,000 people were hospitalised in Northamptonshire due to flu or flu related complications, with nearly 8,000 of those people aged over 65. Having the flu vaccine can help prevent the spread of seasonal flu and help to prevent those most at risk from becoming ill".
Lucy Wightman, Director of Public Health stated:
"The flu vaccination programme is the best way of protecting you and your family from flu this winter. With an increasing number of people eligible for a free vaccine, we have the potential to protect more people than ever from falling ill this winter, and reduce demand on our NHS and healthcare services."
Anyone in doubt about whether they qualify for a free vaccination should contact their GP.
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*Listed conditions are: chronic (long-term) respiratory disease; chat stage three, four or five of kidney failure; chronic liver disease; chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis, or learning disability; diabetes; splenic dysfunction; a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment) or morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above).
Western Power Distribution are Directional Drilling on the flood plain adjacent to Upton valley way north road.
The access route on the attached plan (pdf) is highlighted in yellow down High street, Beech lane and camp lane in Kislingbury. The deliveries will be transported by tractor and trailer and will be minimum disruption to kislingbury residents
The work WPD are undertaking is separate to current works going ahead by the council.
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Northamptonshire County Council have made an Order the effect of which is to prohibit pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists from proceeding along that length of Public Bridleway KW13 in the Parish of Kislingbury as specified below. Private access to land or premises adjacent to the said length of bridleway is unaffected. Read More ...
RIGHTS OF WAYS TO WHICH RESTRICTION APPLIES: The existing route of KW13 to be closed starts at point A at NGR SP6943 5942. The route travels generally north west for approximately 63 metres to point B at NGR SP6939 5947.
The route is shown by a solid black line between points A – B.
REASONS FOR RESTRICTION: The restriction is required to enable works to Kislingbury Mill.
PERIOD OF CLOSURE: The Order will come into effect on 12th April 2019 and will continue in force for a period of six months. An application may be made for the approval of the Secretary of State for Transport for this Order to be extended if this proves necessary. However, the restriction specified will have effect only at such times and to such extent as is indicated by the display of notices.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTES: The alternative route starts at point A at NGR SP6943 5942. The route travels generally south west for approximately 25 metres to point C at NGR SP6941 5941. The route then travels north west thence east for approximately 91 metres to point D at NGR SP6939 5944. The route then heads north east for approximately 34 metres to point B at NGR SP6939 5947.
Rural residents and workers are being encouraged to use an online reporting form to alert police to any suspicious or criminal activity in their area.
Northamptonshire Police's rural crime team, whose remit includes wildlife and heritage crime, wants to hear from people about anything which strikes them as out of the ordinary.
PC Abbey Anstead said: "We always want to hear about incidents, and our online reporting form is a really quick and easy way to tell us about non-emergency crime and suspicious activity.
"If you're a victim of crime or see something that doesn't seem right, follow your gut instinct and report it to us, because we need the information you have – you are the eyes and ears of your community.
"Don't worry that you're wasting our time. No matter how small an incident, we need to know about it so we have an accurate picture of rural criminal activity to help us take targeted action against it."
The rural crime team is especially keen to encourage people to be aware of and report wildlife-related crime.
PC Anstead said: "Even a small piece of information helps build a bigger picture. Completing the online reporting form only takes a few minutes, and the information provided really does help us better serve our rural communities and protect people and wildlife from harm."
Report crime and suspicious activity by filling out the online reporting form here:
or call 101. In an emergency, dial 999. Information can also be shared anonymously with Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.