SOUTH Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is urging staff to do their bit to put the WIN in WINter by getting the flu jab as soon as possible.
The trust has launched its flu campaign for 2020, which aims to get staff vaccinated against the viral illness.
Last year was a record breaking year for the trust’s campaign with 82.5% of frontline staff vaccinated. This year it is looking to vaccinate even more staff – and in record time.
Deirdre Fowler, interim director of nursing and midwifery said: “Throughout our clinically-led response to COVID-19, colleagues have worked tirelessly to help keep colleagues and patients safe.
“After the impact of coronavirus and the threat of a second wave – the last thing any of us needs is flu.
“On average 11,000 people in the UK die from seasonal flu each year and this winter it’s never been more important to protect yourself, your family and your community.”
Occupational health manager Jude Cooper said: “It has never been more important to ensure the maximum level of protection for our staff and our patients.
“By getting a flu jab – and getting it early – our colleagues can do just that.
“Health or care workers are more susceptible to the flu virus and risk passing it onto colleagues, family and patients.
“You can still be a flu carrier even if you have no symptoms and you have the best protection if you develop immunity before flu starts circulating.”
Getting a flu jab is just one part of the trust’s Put the Win in WINter campaign in which they are asking staff to:
- Get vaccinated…to protect themselves, their family, colleagues and patients
- Get prepared…to make sure they are aware of where they can find the information they need to help them through the winter
- Get support…to find out what health and wellbeing help is available to them and where to find it
Members of the public can find out more about getting a flu vaccination by speaking to their GP or local pharmacist, or visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/