Have you had your flu jab?

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The flu vaccination campaign is now under way with lots of NHS Tayside staff and volunteers already taking up the offer of a free vaccine to protect themselves, their family, their patients and their colleagues.

Staff flu vaccination clinics will run throughout October and November. Details of this week’s clinics in Dundee and Perth & Kinross, as well as community pharmacies offering the jab, are below. Angus dates and further dates in P&K will follow.

Your manager will also be made aware of opportunities for staff on the wards to get vaccinated.

Chief Officer for Acute Services Lorna Wiggin and Associate Director for Hospital Services, Ninewells Hospital Audrey Warden were among the first 200 staff who got vaccinated at Ninewells Hospital.

Lorna said, “I had my flu vaccination because it’s important for all of us working in the NHS to protect not only ourselves, but our family, friends and most importantly the patients we care for.”

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l-r Lorna Wiggin, vaccination programme manager Jane Forbes, student nurse Roselyn Boath and Audrey Warden at the first staff clinic at Ninewells

Members of the Medicine Division Leadership Team received their vaccinations at a staff clinic yesterday.

Associate Director for Medicine Kerry Wilson said, “It’s important for us as a team to get immunised against flu for our own protection, for the safety of our patients and our colleagues, and to help prevent the spread of infection in our hospitals.”

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The Medicine Division Leadership Team – (from left) Associate Medical Director and consultant in respiratory medicine Dr Robin Smith, Associate Director Kerry Wilson, lead nurses Sean McArtney and Meg Park, finance manager Jane Moug, clinical care group manager for unscheduled medicine Julie Greenlees, clinical care group director for unscheduled medicine and consultant in emergency medicine Dr Ronald Cook and clinical care group manager for elective medicine Susan Bean

Interim Nurse Director Sarah Dickie also led by example today by getting vaccinated this morning at an occupational health clinic in Ninewells.

Sarah said, “Thank you to all staff who have already taken the time and opportunity to participate in this important vaccination programme. I wish to encourage all staff to take action now to ensure they are vaccinated early in the season, and before the flu viruses begin to circulate.

“I would recommend all healthcare workers have the flu vaccination so that you can protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and your patients from the flu. By having the flu vaccination you are taking personal and professional responsibility to contribute to maintaining a healthy clinical workforce in NHS Tayside and not taking the flu virus home to your family and loved ones.”

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Interim Nurse Director Sarah Dickie attended a clinic at Ninewells this morning to receive her flu vaccination

For more information on flu and the flu vaccine please visit www.flufacts.scot

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.

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.

Consultant in Public Health Medicine Dr Daniel Chandler said, “Healthcare workers have a higher risk of flu compared to the general public, with up to one in four likely to become infected during a mild flu season, and more than two thirds of people with flu may not have any symptoms but could still pass it on to others.

“This is why it is so important for us to vaccinate as many members of staff as possible.  We need to protect staff, patients and service users, especially those most at risk of serious complications, by reducing the spread of the virus in our hospitals and communities.”

Please visit Staffnet | Our Websites | Immunisation | Seasonal Flu including NHS Staff Vaccination for full details of clinics. Please click on the links below to view the PDF versions of the posters.

This week’s staff flu clinics

Tayside pharmacies offering vaccination to NHS staff

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