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Protect your unborn baby with a free flu jab

Almost eleven thousand 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.

Preventing 400 cases of diabetes in Solihull

More than 400 people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in Solihull have been asked to take part in a local health programme to help them change their lifestyle and reduce their risk. 

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme offers series of free classes which cover healthy eating and weight management. Since August 2016, 414 referrals have been made.

Type 2 diabetes is very serious and can lead to serious health complications such as heart disease and stroke. It is also preventable with a few simple lifestyle changes. In Solihull GPs can refer patients onto the programme if a blood test shows that they may be at risk of developing the condition.