Trust the facts. Get the flu vaccine

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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.

If you’re still unsure about getting vaccinated please watch this ‘mythbuster’ video we filmed last winter to find out the facts about the flu jab.

Almost 7000 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.

Assisted Conception Unit lead clinical embryologist Ellen Drew and sedationist Julie Anderson know the importance of getting vaccinated and both took up the opportunity for a free flu jab at a staff clinic in Ninewells.

Ellen said, “If I was to give flu to a patient who has just become pregnant after years of trying and it made them unwell I would never be able to forgive myself.”

Julie added, “I’m also a GP and I see too many ill people to not get myself vaccinated. I think everyone should have it.”

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Julie Anderson and Ellen Drew

Lead nurse for unscheduled medicine Sean McArtney has also taken the important step of getting the flu vaccination.

Sean said, “It’s really important to get vaccinated to protect ourselves, our families and the patients we care for.”

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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.

Upcoming staff flu clinics

Tayside pharmacies offering vaccination to NHS staff

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