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To: Secretary of state for health and social care

Vitamin D deficiency in care home residents

Vitamin D deficiency in care home residents

Mandate prescribing vitamin D supplements to all care home residents in the United Kingdom.

Why is this important?

Vitamin D supplements have been shown to reduce rates and severity of respiratory infections in people who are low in vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency/insufficiency is associated with increased susceptibility to a variety of bacterial and viral infections including influenza. Associations have also been made between low vitamin D levels and severity of covid19 symptoms.
Due to lockdown restrictions many residents will have had little or no sun exposure and will therefore be experiencing low levels of vitamin D putting them at increased risk from respiratory tract infections..

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Reasons for signing

  • I believe that the elderly need vitamin d tables as they don't get out in the sunshine

Updates

2020-10-15 18:06:12 +0100

25 signatures reached

2020-10-14 23:55:30 +0100

10 signatures reached