Get protected from flu before winter hits!

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There’s still time to get your free flu vaccination to protect yourself and our patients this winter.

Almost 5000 members of staff have already had their flu jab but, with a difficult winter anticipated, it’s important that as many of us as possible get vaccinated to protect ourselves 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.

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.

Occupational Health will continue to offer flu vaccination by appointment until 31 January 2020. Please call 01382 346030 to book your slot.

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.

Charles Sinclair, Associate Nurse Director, Angus, is encouraging all staff to get vaccinated this winter. Charles said, “I’m very supportive of the staff flu campaign because we need to look after ourselves as much as we look after the people we care for.”

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Associate Medical Director, Medicine and consultant in respiratory medicine Dr Robin Smith has firsthand experience of the effects of flu on vulnerable patients.  Robin explained, “Working as a frontline respiratory physician and having seen the impact of flu on my patients, I’m very keen to avoid catching and passing on the virus to others.”

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Clinical Care Group Director, Unscheduled Medicine and consultant in emergency medicine Dr Ronald Cook added, “There’s a potentially bad flu season predicted so it’s a no brainer for me – get the jab and get protected.”

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It’s not just frontline staff who are encouraged to get vaccinated as partnership facilitator Alan Drummond explains, “Everyone who works in NHS Tayside needs to ensure they are protected. I have contact with lots of staff and am in and out of wards all over Tayside. I’ve had the jab every year and never once had flu.”

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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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