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Protect your unborn baby with a free flu jab

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vaccination pregnantAlmost eleven thouand pregnant women in the Birmingham and Solihull area left themselves and their unborn child at risk of the flu last year, NHS figures have revealed. The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are encouraging all pregnant women to get their free flu vaccination before the flu virus starts circulating.

Statistics from Public Health England* reveal that 10,668 pregnant women in Birmingham and Solihull did not protect themselves or their unborn baby from the dangers of flu last winter, and just 41% of pregnant women took up the offer of a free flu jab last year.

Campaign urges people in the West Midlands region to keep antibiotics working

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A new report from PHE out today reveals that 4 in 10 patients with an E. coli bloodstream infection in England cannot be treated with the most commonly used antibiotic in hospital with it being estimated that at least 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections.

The 'Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign warns that taking antibiotics when not needed puts people at risk of a more severe or longer infection.

Healthwatch Birmingham launches video campaign to promote patient feedback

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Healthwatch Birmingham has launched a new video series to raise awareness of the simple ways people can share their experiences of local services.

“We know that people are passionate about their health and social care services. Therefore, it is important that patients and the public have a range of accessible and engaging information about how they can share their views”.

Review of learning disability deaths launched in Birmingham

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From 1 October 2017, the deaths of people with a learning disability, who had a Birmingham GP, will be reviewed by a team of trained staff  to identify any potentially avoidable factors that may have contributed to the person’s death. The review will involve family members to understand more about the individual, the care they received, and if any changes to the health and social care system are required.

This is happening as part of the Learning Disability Mortality Review Programme (LeDeR); a programme which has been set up by the NHS, following a number of reports into the deaths of people with a learning disability.

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