Encouraging local residents to get their flu jab

Archive for October, 2013

Encouraging local residents to get their flu jab

Monday, October 21st, 2013

I recently visited Thomas Pharmacy at 19 Ripple Road, Barking IG11 7NN to encourage local residents to get their flu jab.

The seasonal flu vaccination is important to help protect our most vulnerable residents and workers who are most at risk of serious complications or even death from flu. I would encourage everyone over 65 and those who are ‘at risk’ to visit their pharmacy or surgery and get vaccinated

The flu jab is free, on the NHS to over 40,000 people across Barking & Dagenham. If you are over 65 or have a serious illness or a carer of an older or disabled person, if you live in a long-stay residential or nursing home, if you are a health care worker or if you are pregnant, then you are likely to entitled to a free NHS flu jab.

Last year over 15,000 people in Barking & Dagenham who were entitled to a free NHS flu vaccine were not vaccinated. Your local pharmacy is here to help spread the important message of getting vaccinated and provide the service locally.


Skills training and jobs for young unemployed people

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

It was great to visit the Premier Foods’ site in Choats Lane, Dagenham recently to see their scheme which offers skills training and jobs for young unemployed people. 

The site is home to one of two of Hovis’ regional distribution centres in the country and I met the young people who attended Premier Foods’ Open Day. All of them had had difficulties finding work and work that wasn’t short-term. They all deserved a chance.

Premier Foods’ initiative called Feeding Britain’s Future – Skills for Work Month 2013 gives young people access to farms, factories and stores, and first-hand knowledge of the skills needed for a career in the food industry or elsewhere. As well as attending practical sessions, participants will also have CV and interview sessions with HR managers to help them develop their employability skills and improve their chances of getting a job.

I welcome local businesses taking the time to invest in young people in the area. Giving young people a sense of what’s out there, and the skills needed to get them into work is important. I would encourage other industries to follow.