We are anticipating a difficult winter this year and all staff are urged to take responsibility for their own and other’s health by getting vaccinated against flu.
Over 5700 of you have already had the flu jab but we need more people to get protected to help stop flu from circulating in our hospitals and communities. It is our duty to protect our patients, and getting vaccinated can reduce the risk of passing on flu to those who may be more likely to suffer complications from the virus.
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.
Details of staff flu vaccination clinics and community pharmacies offering the jab to staff are below.
Your manager will be made aware of opportunities for staff on the wards to get vaccinated and Occupational Health will continue to offer flu vaccination by appointment until 31 January 2020. Please call 01382 346030 to book your slot.
Senior charge nurse Sarah Wiseman is a peer immuniser and has vaccinated all 30 of her nursing team, meaning ward 4 at Ninewells is now at 100% uptake for the flu jab!
Sarah said, “I’m delighted that all my nurses have protected themselves against flu. We all know what a nasty virus flu can be and how it can affect our patients so it’s really important that we do all we can to try and stop the spread of flu in the hospital.”
Associate Medical Director, Children, Young People, Women and Families and consultant paediatrician Dr Peter Fowlie said, “I work with vulnerable children and premature babies and I don’t want to risk them getting flu.”
Clinical care group director, surgery and orthopaedics and consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr Sankar Sripada added, “Getting immunised against flu can stop me from being off work at a busy time and I don’t want to let my team down. I want to set an example to them and make sure we don’t pass flu on to 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.