Over 2,000 staff vaccinated in annual flu campaign

Over 2,000 members of staff have been vaccinated against flu in just under a month since the campaign was launched.

The Trust is asking staff, particularly those with patient-facing roles, to be vaccinated this winter in order to help protect patients, fellow colleagues and other visitors. This important initiative is part of a national campaign being run by the NHS Flu Fighter team.

The Trust’s director of nursing, Rachael Corser, said:

“As an organisation, we are committed to making sure our patients, visitors and staff are protected against flu. Flu can be unpleasant for some, but for others it can cause severe complications and it could be potentially life-threatening. It’s great to see that thousands of our staff have had the vaccination already and I would like to encourage those who haven’t yet to get the jab.” 

Common symptoms include a high temperature, cough, sore throat, headache, aches and pains, nausea and vomiting. The injected flu vaccine is offered free-of-charge by the NHS to members of the public who are at risk, including those who:

  • are 65 years of age or over
  • are pregnant
  • have specific medical conditions such as asthma and chronic heart disease
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill