Doctors at Southampton General Hospital are trialling a new four-part vaccine to protect children from the flu virus. It is hoped the new vaccine will be more effective in combatting the illness.
"The quadrivalent influenza vaccine should give greater protection against the circulating flu viruses compared to the three strain version we have used in the past, but we need the help of parents to ensure we recruit quickly and complete the study vaccines before the main flu season starts."
– Dr Saul Faust, a specialist in children's immunology and infectious diseases
Young people who are taking part in this year's annual Dreamflight are at Heathrow Airport for their flight. The yearly Dreamflight event is the biggest trip of its type in the world to take disabled and seriously ill children on holiday to Florida theme parks in the USA.
This year's theme is inspiring the next generation, so some of the UK's London 2012 Paralympians are on hand to wave the Dreamflight flyers off on their adventure.
Medway Council’s Trading Standards team is conducting inspections on children’s sunglasses to make sure that they offer proper protection from damaging UV light that can cause irreversible damage to their young eyes.
They are also sampling and submitting for test examples of the budget sun lotions to ensure that they offer the purported sun protection factor.
These products are importantly designed to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun's ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.
Medway’s Director of Public Health Dr Alison Barnett says “Malignant melanomas are the least common but most dangerous type of skin cancer, with nearly 12,000 new cases every year in the UK. The incidence has been rising rapidly during the last 20 years.
“Babies and children’s skin is much more sensitive than adult skin and needs to have extra care taken of it. Make sure children are covered up and wear sun hats and long-sleeved clothes and have a high-factor sunscreen on them before they go outside.
Trading Standards officers would like to know if local residents have any particular concerns about any of these products and are asking for them to report the matter to the Consumer Helpline on 08454 040506.
The owners of the Revolution Skatepark in Broadstairs in Kent are building a new warehouse and a second indoor skating area. They will replace an outdoor skating facility that was only open six months a year because of the weather. The project is expected to be completed by 31st March.**