Yesterday morning, just after my coaching calls that I am currently doing, I was called by BBC 5 Live to ask if I would like to comment on a programme about the plans for all children to be given an annual flu vaccine. They had been given my details by BBC Radio Manchester. I always suggest to speakers that it is worth being in touch with their local BBC radio and offer their expertise as you don’t know where it may lead. On BBC 5 Live yesterday I followed David Cameron and comments by the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies!
There are plans for all children aged 2 – 17 to be offered an annual flu vaccine. I said that I was in support of it. See The Independent’s report here. Having taught children who have been brain damaged by diseases, e.g. meningitis, I am keen to go down the ‘prevention is better than cure’ school of thought. I agree with the rationale too that it can help protect other family members. Having seen my parents be poorly with very heavy colds anything that helps to minimise their risks of illness too, has to be good.
My next appointment was to donate blood yesterday. I used to do it regularly when I was at college (many years ago!) and did not know why I hadn’t been on their list. In line with their marketing and strap line I wanted ‘to do something amazing’. I recently completed the Donor card scheme on the internet so I think that is why I was invited to go. What a hive of activity at the local community centre! All was going well until I was asked if I had ever been given a blood transfusion. I said that I thought I had in 2009 when I had an operation which did not go to plan (drama queen!). Also due to complications when Dom was born. Hence my blood wasn’t wanted! The nurse kindly explained that there was no risk to me of CJD, but due to rulings I was unable to donate! I felt quite crushed. I feel very content in life at the moment and grateful for good health, amongst other things. I wanted to do something to help those who are not currently well. Guess I shall have to choose something else!
That opportunity came later when I was asked by someone who had postnatal depression with her first pregnancy, if there is anything she can do to prevent it if she and her husband decide to have another baby. I shared my knowledge with her.
My challenge to you today – what can you do to in order to prevent something negative happening, rather than leave it to the state that needs a cure instead?