Renowned visitor attraction to hold flu-jab sessions

Karen Hedley receiving a flu jab at The Alnwick Garden.
Karen Hedley receiving a flu jab at The Alnwick Garden.
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A new initiative at The Alnwick Garden could be just what the doctor ordered, after the world-famous attraction has launched flu-jab sessions.

The Duchess of Northumberland came up with the idea to support the influenza immunisation programme 2014/15. The flu immunisation sessions will be open to everyone, but must be pre-booked.

The Duchess said: “Offering flu jabs in The Alnwick Garden to support the influenza immunisation programme is just what the garden was built for and it’s good to be able to offer people the opportunity to have their flu jabs in a friendly, familiar place which may encourage more to be immunised.”

The initiative was showcased at The Garden on Tuesday afternoon, during the monthly Elderberries Clinic Café.

Dr Claire Bradford MRCP FRCPath FFPHM, who is head of public health for Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, spoke at the event, to raise awareness of the influenza immunisation programme.

The monthly Clinic Cafés give people the opportunity to enjoy the companionship of others and listen to high-profile professionals discuss relevant health issues, while enjoying a two-course meal for £1.

The Elderberries programme works to address loneliness, isolation and hardship among older people. By offering local people access to projects, events, services and opportunities, it aims to promote a healthy, fulfilled quality of life.

It is supported by the Stuart Halbert Foundation and John Adamson of Ramside Estates. For details about the immunisation sessions and to book a slot, or for more on Elderberries, call 01665 511376.