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Ponthafren issues influenza warning

The annual influenza (flu) immunisation programme in Wales is now underway in time for winter – and those eligible for a flu vaccine are being urged by leading charities including Ponthafren Association to get their flu vaccination as soon as possible.

Last year, fewer than half (46.9%) of people in clinical risk groups got protected against influenza, a virus, which can and does kill every year. People particularly ‘at risk’ of influenza and its complications, such as those who are 65 and over, are given the vaccine at no cost as part of NHS care. However last year only 66.7% of this group got protected.

People who are 65 and over are urged to protect themselves as early as possible and get their vaccine before influenza starts circulating in Wales. Julia Gorman, at Ponthafren Association, explains why the influenza vaccination is vital for people with name of risk group:

“Influenza is a serious illness caused by a virus that affects the lungs and airways. Symptoms generally come on suddenly, and can include fever, chills, headache, cough, muscle aches and fatigue. For those who are 65 and over, influenza can be deadly.

“The best way to protect against catching flu is by having the flu vaccine each year. Make sure you don’t put yourself at risk by missing this potentially life-saving opportunity. Influenza cannot be treated with antibiotics, so make sure you get your flu vaccine for your own best protection.

“The vaccination also helps prevent the spread of the virus, so getting vaccinated helps keep you and also those around safe. It’s a win-win.”

Every year influenza circulates, but each year thousands of people who are at risk of serious complications because of age, pregnancy or a health condition fail to protect themselves.

Health officials warn that even if you had the vaccine last year, it is very important to get it again this year. Immunity wanes and the influenza virus changes every year so you should have it again now for best protection this winter.

Please speak to your GP surgery or community pharmacist to arrange to have your influenza vaccination soon. You can also find out more by visiting or, or finding @beatflu or @curwchffliw.

Police Cadets and The Fairy Houses

Newtown Volunteer Police Cadets have been learning about Mental Health in the community with volunteers from Ponthafren Newtown.

The cadets have also been making police fairy houses with us to raise funds for the charity.


Whether you choose to wear a Poppy or not. We hope you'll look at the Poppies in our Garden and spare a thought for those who have been affected by War.

Remember those who were killed, those that came home with obvious wounds of War and those with the hidden scars of lifelong mental health problems. If we forget, we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes.

"War does not determine who is right - only who is left"

Bertrand Russell

Bronwyn's Zipline adventure raises £541.62

Bronwyn Strugnall, one of our Llanidloes Outreach volunteers, has braved the longest zip line in Europe and the fastest in the world in aid of Ponthafren's Llanidloes Outreach.

During her sponsored adventure Bronwyn descended down the Big Zipper over a quarry lake often reaching speeds well in excess of 100mph.

Bronwyn has, so far, raised £541.62 for Ponthafren's Llanidloes Outreach.Thank You Bronwyn!

If you would like to add to the amount she has raised you can do so on the link below:


George 'The Dolphin' swims 23 miles and raises £215

We would like to say a big thank-you to George 'The Dolphin' who swam a massive 23 miles (the width of the English channel) in aid of Ponthafren Association.

George has, so far, raised a huge £215 for Ponthafren, we are grateful to everyone who donated!

Well done George!

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