Employers urged to support flu campaign

NHS in Blackburn with Darwen is encouraging local businesses and employers to support a local childhood flu vaccination campaign, which could also reduce their staff sickness rates over the winter period.

By vaccinating four to eight year old pupils, it also protects their parents and wider family members from catching the serious illness too.

Children are one of the main spreaders of the virus so vaccinating them protects the wider population.

Local businesses are being urged to get behind the campaign so they can reduce the sickness days for their staff.

NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which commissions or “buys” local health services, has launched the campaign, which will feature on billboards and bus stops across the borough

It is also being widely promoted at GP surgeries, community and council venues, hospitals and other health settings as well as through our social media channels. It is also being supported by Blackburn with Darwen Council.

It is aimed at supporting the national winter campaign which will be launched by NHS England in October. Further details can be found @bwdccg #bwdchild flu, www.facebook.com/bwdccg or www.blackburnwithdarwenccg.nhs.uk