Make sure you join the 4500 members of staff who have already been vaccinated against flu.
Staff flu vaccination clinics will continue to run throughout November. Details of clinics are below with the full list of dates available on the Seasonal Flu Staffnet page. Please note an additional clinic has been added for Perth Royal Infirmary.
Staff can also attend participating community pharmacies across Tayside and your manager will be made aware of opportunities for staff on the wards to get vaccinated.
With a difficult winter anticipated it’s important that staff get vaccinated to protect themselves and vulnerable patients who may be more likely to suffer complications from flu.
Healthcare workers have a higher risk of flu compared to the general public and more than two thirds of people with flu may not have any symptoms but could still pass it on to others.
Consultant gastroenterologist Elaine Henry, who is clinical lead for unscheduled care and winter planning, knows the importance of getting vaccinated against flu and got her jab at a staff session in Ninewells.
Elaine said, “It’s great seeing so many of our colleagues getting their flu jabs to do everything they can to prevent them and their patients from getting flu. We know that staff can feel fine but actually have a dose of the flu and pass it on to patients without realising.”
Interim Medical Director Professor Peter Stonebridge joined members of staff at a recent vaccination clinic where he chatted to three medical students getting protected against flu.
Anna Hendry, Emily Mander and Annette Selwyn are in their second year at University of Dundee and wanted to get vaccinated as they spend time with patients and staff on ward placement and in teaching environments.
Professor Stonebridge said, “I was very pleased to see these students taking responsibility for their health and that of the patients they are in contact with.
“It’s good that they recognise the importance of being vaccinated at this stage of their medical careers and I hope that other staff and students will follow their example and get protected against flu.”
Vicky Irons, Chief Officer for Angus HSCP, and Gordon Paterson, Chief Officer for Perth & Kinross HSCP, have also had their flu jabs.
Vicky said, “It’s important to protect those that we provide health and social care services for. I get vaccinated every year – it’s quick and easy and really doesn’t hurt!”
Gordon added, “I want to set an example and encourage our staff to look after themselves and our patients.”
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.