Check Your Blood Pressure!

Unless you have visited your GP recently, you probably have no idea if your blood pressure is in the normal range yet, whatever your age, elevated blood pressure puts you at risk of a stroke, heart attack and many other illnesses.

Hemel Rotary Club will be in Marlowes on Saturday 22nd April (10am -3pm) offering you the opportunity to have your blood pressure checked, by a nurse, at The Roundhouse, Volunteer Centre Dacorum (near Boots). Do take advantage of this free service. Ultimately, it could save your life.

Another initiative from the Rotary Club which could also save lives is the new defibrillator which will soon be fitted to the outside of the Roundhouse.

As 24th -30th April is World Health Organisation Immunization Week, the Rotary Club will also be highlighting the importance of polio immunization. Many people don’t know about polio since there hasn’t been a case in the UK since 1985.

Polio is a highly infectious viral disease that mainly affects children under 5. It can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours and in some cases death. There is no cure but polio can be prevented by immunisation, which, in the UK, is part of the NHS childhood vaccination program.

No device is more associated with polio than the tank respirator, better known as the iron lung, a common sight in polio wards 60-70 years ago. You can see one of these monstrous devices in the Centre Court area of Marlowes Shopping Centre on 22nd April.

In 1985, when Rotary International started its campaign to eradicate polio, there were 350,000 cases a year in 125 countries. Now there are less than 40 cases with only 3 countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan) remaining polio-endemic, an amazing achievement. However, as long as a single child remains infected, children in ALL countries are at risk of contracting polio.

Failure to eradicate polio could result, within 10 years, in as many as 20,000 new cases every year worldwide, a sobering thought. You can help Rotary prevent this by purchasing one of their brooches or by making a donation. For every £1 donated, the Gates Foundation will add £2.

Don’t forget – Whilst you’re in town, get that blood pressure checked!!