Have you had your flu jab yet?

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Meg Park (seated) receives her flu vaccination from peer immuniser staff nurse Georgia Clark with (from left) vaccination programmes manager Jane Forbes, Malcolm Wright, Professor Peter Stonebridge, Dr Daniel Chandler and Carolann Barr

Chief Executive Malcolm Wright and Acting Medical Director Professor Peter Stonebridge today visited a flu vaccination clinic at Ninewells to chat to staff who were getting the jab and thank them for taking steps to protect themselves and their patients.

Malcolm Wright said, “It’s really important for healthcare staff to be immunised against flu and help prevent the spread of the virus in our hospitals and local communities.

“I had the vaccine myself a couple of weeks ago and I’m delighted to say that more than 3500 members of staff in Tayside have also already taken up the offer of a free flu jab. We are really upping our efforts this year, offering more opportunities for staff to get vaccinated and I would urge any staff who are not yet protected from flu to head along to one of our flu clinics.”

Consultant in Public Health Dr Daniel Chandler, lead nurse for elective medicine Meg Park, and staff nurse in medicine for the elderly Carolann Barr were at the clinic to receive their vaccinations.

Meg Park said, “It’s important to me personally to be immunised for my own health reasons as I am in one of the at-risk groups but it’s also important that, as frontline staff, we are protected from catching or spreading the flu virus.”

Dr Daniel Chandler added, “Flu can be a very serious illness.  It spreads easily and is much worse than a bad cold. It can affect everyone, but the risk is greater for young children, pregnant women, older people and those with existing health conditions.

“I had my jab today and it was so quick and easy to get myself protected from flu. It only takes a few moments and the more people who are vaccinated, the less likely flu is to spread. So don’t leave it too late – get ready for flu this winter.”

Last winter we all felt the strain with a big increase in patients being admitted with flu.  This put additional pressure on our services during an already busy period and our staff worked tirelessly to cope with the increased demand.  By getting vaccinated early against flu staff can ensure that they protect themselves and others and help keep services running over the busy winter period.

More than 3500 staff across Tayside have already taken up the offer of a free flu vaccination through our clinic sessions, peer vaccination and at community pharmacies.  Have you had yours?

Details of clinics for staff and volunteers are listed below with new dates added for Carseview Centre in Dundee.  You can also contact your local community pharmacies to arrange a vaccination – please remember to bring your staff ID badge.

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

MAIN Have you had your flu jab yet - flu bee imageFor 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.

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