Trust starts the fight against flu

The trust is starting its annual round of flu vaccinations this week as they begin their flu campaign to get as many staff vaccinated against seasonal flu this winter.

The occupational health and wellbeing team, together with even more ward vaccinators than in previous years, will be providing convenient clinics and visits to wards to offer the vaccination to all staff and volunteers.

Head of occupational health and wellbeing at the trust Jude Cooper said: “We’re encouraging staff to protect themselves, their family and their patients against flu by having the vaccination.

“We’re dispelling any myths about the vaccination too. Despite what people think you cannot get flu from the flu vaccine. It is not a live vaccine so it is impossible to catch flu by having the vaccine.

“It takes a couple of weeks after getting the vaccination to get immunity, so we’re encouraging staff to get it early.

“Flu can be serious and even fatal, even for normally fit and well people, so that’s why the campaign is so important to protect ourselves and our patients.

“It is thought that the strains of flu circulating this year will have a disproportionate effect on pregnant women so it’s especially important to have the vaccine if you are pregnant. The nasal vaccine is also being extended to more young children this year to ensure they are protected.

“People can often make the mistake of thinking they’re fit and healthy so flu won’t affect them, but flu has claimed hundreds of lives in recent years.

“It’s very important for our staff to get the vaccination to minimise the risks of developing the flu when they’re exposed to patients who have flu themselves and to prevent themselves carrying the flu virus to others including their friends, family, other patients and relatives.”

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