Almost a third of staff at South Tees got their flu vaccine within 10 days of the start of a hard-hitting campaign.
A total of 29.6% of eligible staff at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had been vaccinated as at October 10, including 33.4% of doctors and 31.7% of support staff to clinicians.
This year, the trust, which runs The James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, a major trauma centre for the whole region, has photographed real-life patients “who have enough of a fight on their hands” without “having to fight flu” for an emotive poster and social media campaign.
And it is thought the hard-hitting tactics are working, with 600 more staff vaccinated so far in 2016, compared to the same point of the campaign last year.
“People are seeing the posters featuring photos of patients such as a lady wearing an oxygen mask and tiny neonatal baby Jude and getting their flu jabs early,” said Elaine Mockler, occupational health service manager.
“I’d like to thank our Flu Champions who put themselves forward every year to ensure as many staff as possible have the opportunity to get the vaccine and make the effort to protect their patients, colleagues and family members by having the jab.
“The flu champions have been really busy holding flu vaccination clinics across our hospitals throughout “flu fortnight” the first two weeks of “#Flutober” in October.”
She added the Trust is hoping to vaccinate 75% of staff by the end of December.
If three quarters of a local population are vaccinated against a virus, this builds up “herd immunity,” protecting even those who haven’t been vaccinated.
Staff who have not already been vaccinated should check the intranet for details of how to get the jab.
Figures including flu clinics which ran from October 10 to October 14 at The James Cook University Hospital and Redcar Primary Care Hospital will be released shortly.