I have had flu twice in my life and was unable to get up from my bed for 1 week and unable to attend school/work for 2 weeks both times. I have also had to deal with multiple hospital deaths during one epidemic, including a previously fit 17 year old. Whilst the vaccine does only cover 3 strains of flu, they are the 3 most virulent and likely to cause serious sequelae in any given year.
I believe that if hospital health care workers were given the same information that practice and occupational health nurses are given during their vaccination training, the uptake of immunisation amongst healthcare workers would be much higher. The side effects of immunisation tend to be exaggerated. They last for a day or two and are mild enough to continue working.
I always encouraged parents to allow their children to manage their own asthma as soon as they had sufficient understanding of the condition. Most parents were in agreement with this, as they still had the opportunity to monitor their childrens' management with the use of peak flow and inhaler usage charts.
Children who managed their own symptoms had fewer acute emergencies and had better control of their asthma into adulthood.
It is important to address both the child and the parent seperately during the consultation so that neither felt that their presence is unnecessary.
Comment on: First practice nursing course accredited by RCGP
Excellent. Let's hope that more courses become available in other parts of the contry soon. New practice nurses have long needed and deserved support.
Comment on: Gene testing for TN breast cancer sufferers
Targeted screening would be a good thing for women in this group. Preventive post-menopausal laparoscopic oopherectomy could be offered to those in vulnerable groups.
Comment on: BMA backs opt-out organ donation
Organ donation should be a gift, not a resource to be taken. More resources should be given to publicity to persuade people to donate their organs.
Television medical dramas e.g. Casualty, Holby City frighten off a lot of potential donors by treating the subject in a very unethical manner. How about trying to persuade them to present a truthful picture of organ donation?