We’ve had our flu jab, have you?

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Over 4000 members of staff across Tayside have now been vaccinated against flu – and new clinic dates have just been announced in Angus.

Staff flu vaccination clinics will continue to run throughout November. Details of clinics in Dundee and Angus are below. Any further dates added will be shared through Vital Signs, LowDown and on Staffnet.

Staff can also attend participating community pharmacies across Tayside and your manager will also be made aware of opportunities for staff on the wards to get vaccinated.

Chief Executive Grant Archibald and Acting Medical Director Professor Peter Stonebridge visited a flu vaccination clinic at Ninewells to get immunised along with members of Tayside NHS Board.

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Vaccination Transformation Programme Manager David Di Domenico with Dr Daniel Chandler, Professor Peter Stonebridge and Grant Archibald

MAIN More opportunities to get your free flu vaccination - GrantGrant Archibald said, “I’m delighted to join the 4000 members of staff who have already taken this important step to protect themselves and our patients from flu.  I would urge everyone who has yet to get immunised to take up one of the many opportunities available for staff to get their free flu jab.”

Professor Stonebridge added, “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, and our families, especially those most at risk of serious complications, by reducing the spread of the virus in our hospitals and communities.”

Consultant in Public Health Medicine Dr Daniel Chandler, who leads on the flu vaccination programme in Tayside, was also at the clinic to receive his vaccination.

Dr Daniel Chandler explained, “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 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.”

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.

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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