Are you ready for flu?

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Our seasonal flu vaccination campaign has now began and all NHS Tayside staff and volunteers are being offered the vaccine free of charge.

Staff flu vaccination clinics began this week and will run throughout October and November.  Details of clinics in Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross are below with new dates added for sites in Angus and St Margaret’s Community Hospital in Auchterarder.

Further sessions in Angus are currently being finalised and will be shared as soon as they are available.

Your manager will also be made aware of opportunities for staff on the wards to get vaccinated or you can visit one of the local community pharmacies listed below to get your free flu jab.

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For a fun way to get more information why not play our Flu Bee Game. It will help you learn more about the vaccine and where you can get it in Tayside.

You can play on your phone, computer, laptop or tablet. It does not need to be downloaded to your device and no personal information is collected in the game.

It only takes a few minutes and it’s fun!

Don’t forget to share your score with colleagues and challenge them to beat you.

All NHS Tayside staff and volunteers, not just those who are on the frontline, are urged to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination to protect themselves, their family, other members of staff and vulnerable patients who may be more likely to suffer complications from flu.

Even if you don’t have direct contact with patients, by getting yourself vaccinated you can help to stop the spread of the virus throughout hospitals and the wider community.

The vaccine is also available free of charge from GP practices for people in at-risk groups, pregnant women, those aged 65 years and over and unpaid carers.

Children aged between two and five who are not at school can receive the childhood flu immunisation at their GP surgery.  Please contact your practice to arrange appointments.  All primary school children will be offered flu vaccination at school.  It is given as a painless spray up each nostril so it is not an injection.  If your child misses this at school they can be given it at the GP practice.

Flu can be a serious illness, even in fit, healthy people.  It makes people feel extremely unwell for many days and full recovery normally takes a week.  Even fit and healthy people can develop more serious consequences and can require hospitalisation.

For those in the at-risk groups, the complications of seasonal flu can be deadly.  The best way to protect yourself and vulnerable people is to get the jab – and the earlier the better.

Consultant in Public Health Dr Daniel Chandler said, “The flu jab is the best way to protect yourself, your patients and your family. Vaccination helps stop the spread of flu, reducing the risk of serious illness and preventing outbreaks in hospitals and the community.

“We all have a duty to ensure those in our care are safe and protected. And if there’s another bad flu season this winter, we’ll all feel the strain. By getting the flu vaccination you can play your part in ensuring NHS Tayside is ready to fight flu this winter.”

For further information on the flu campaign, please visit Staffnet | Immunisations | Seasonal Flu including NHS Staff Vaccination or www.immunisationscotland.org.uk

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