Flu fighting song is instant hit

A FLU fighting health trust’s catchy rendition of a famous 80s Christmas song has proved an instant hit.

Staff from across North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust made a recording and video of Wham’s festive hit, Last Christmas, as part of a campaign to encourage all staff to get the vaccination.

The trust’s health and wellbeing and organisation and development teams recorded the lyrics.

Then emergency nurse practitioner Alistair Hutchinson filmed across the trust, recording footage of staff which he edited together for a special music video.

Health and wellbeing lead Jill Ness, who wrote the lyrics to the song and is also a vaccinator, said: “We recorded a song for last year’s flu and found it was a very successful way of getting our message across.

“We wanted this year’s song to be even better! I have always been a fan of George Michael and Wham so I really wanted to do this song.

“Behind the song and video is a serious message – it’s important all staff are vaccinated to protect themselves, their family and their patients against flu.

“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.

“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’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.”

To view it see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4Oxj-UZljI



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