We’ve had our flu jab, have you?

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The flu vaccination campaign is well 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 clinics in Dundee and Perth & Kinross, as well as community pharmacies offering the jab, are below. Angus dates will be shared once confirmed.

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

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Lorna Birse-Stewart with vaccination programme manager Jane Forbes

Interim Chair Lorna Birse- Stewart attended one of the staff drop-in sessions to get vaccinated.  Other Board members will be offered the jab tomorrow during the Board meeting.

Lorna said, “I would like to commend the whole team involved in the staff flu vaccination programme as the increase in the number of staff getting vaccinated last year was very impressive.

“I would encourage all of our staff to take up the offer of vaccination this year to protect themselves and our patients.”

David Hope who is senior charge nurse in ward 4 at PRI is a peer immuniser and last week he vaccinated around 160 colleagues against flu.  Ward 4 is now sitting at 90% uptake of the flu vaccination.

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David Hope with some of his team in Perth Royal Infirmary

What a fantastic effort by David and his colleagues!  How are you doing in your area?  Let us know at communications.tayside@nhs.net.  Photos are always welcome!

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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