Staff flu campaign helping to protect children in poverty

Staff are protecting themselves against flu this year while also showing their support for a charity campaign to protect children in poverty from viruses.

As part of the ‘Get A Jab – Give A Jab’ campaign, the Trust has pledged to donate vaccines to Unicef UK on behalf of all staff members who receive their free flu vaccine.

By receiving their vaccine to protect themselves, their families and their patients against influenza staff will donate vaccines to Unicef UK to help fight measles, tetanus and polio around the world.

Since vaccines were introduced in the UK, diseases like smallpox, polio and tetanus that used to kill or disable millions of people are either gone or seen very rarely.

Unicef UK’s immunisation programme protects children against these serious diseases and vaccines play a central role in ending preventable child deaths.

Over 1.5 million children die annually from diseases that can be prevented by vaccination.

Deepak Dwarakanath, medical director and deputy chief executive, was one several members of the executive team to be immunised this morning.

Explaining why the trust chose to back this campaign, he said: “Thanks to this donation by the trust and the support of all staff who are vaccinated, we are helping fight these statistics and ensure Unicef UK can ensure every child around the world has the right to survive and thrive.

“Our staff need to ensure they are protected against the flu – to protect themselves, their patients and their families.

“It’s fantastic that, in doing so, they know they are making a difference to deprived children across the world.”

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