As North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation trust approaches its busiest time of the year, its flu jab campaign is really ramping up. It’s important that all those who need it are vaccinated by Christmas, before flu starts to circulate in the New Year.
The Flumas campaign explores the differing associated symptoms that you might experience with flu. They may all hit at once, or they could take a matter of days to arrive. You might not experience any – 7 out of 10 people with the flu don’t get any symptoms at all.
Of those surveyed, the most common myth surrounding the vaccination is the fear that it gives you the flu. This isn’t possible as the vaccination doesn’t actually contain any live virus. You might experience mild muscle ache, but this is just your body responding to the vaccine. The truth is, on average 8000 people a year die from the flu, and last year that number neared 15,000. Getting your jab is the simplest way to protect friends, family and loved ones, as well as yourself!
So far this year the team of flu fighters have been working hard to encourage staff to get their flu jab, including sending the flu elves out to give jabs and welcoming Middlesbrough Football Club through the doors. They’re using the enhanced vaccine too, which has been developed this year to be more effective in battling the most prolific strain of the virus.
It’s also a call to action for everyone who needs their flu jab to make sure they get it as soon as they can. You should have the vaccine if you are over 65, pregnant, have certain medical conditions or are living in a long term residential home. So what are you waiting for? Call your GP today.
Deepak Dwarakanath, Medical Director, from North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As a responsible trust, this year we are focusing on achieving a 100% staff vaccination uptake to ensure our patients have the greatest protection. We have already introduced several exciting initiatives across the trust to increase uptake. We will also be working closely with unvaccinated staff who work in higher-risk areas to understand why they haven’t had their jab, and considering any changes that may be required to ensure the overall safety of that service area.”