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Staff get the jab to fight flu

06 Nov 2012 16:31:59

Staff at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) have been doing their bit to help fight flu by getting the vaccination to help protect them and their patients from getting the virus.

More than 2000 staff have already been vaccinated against flu and vaccination sessions are on-going as the Trust makes sure that staff and services are protected against winter bugs, so they can continue to provide high quality care to the people of Rotherham.

This is combined with the on-going essential hand hygiene using soap and water and the use of alcohol gel as part of infection prevention and control practices to protect against Norovirus (winter vomiting disease) and transmission of many other viruses or bacteria.

Pam Wright Clinical Nurse Specialist and Flu Lead said: "We have had an overwhelming response from staff who are really keen to make sure they protect each other, their patients, friends and family by having the jab.

"To most people flu will leave them feeling poorly for a few days to a week but for vulnerable people and patients flu can be much more serious. We have been working closely with staff to make sure the right people are protected so they can’t pass anything on to anyone else without realising."

In 2011 the Trust achieved the 3rd highest take up rate of staff flu vaccinations in the Yorkshire and Humber region and this year TRFT is aiming even higher.

Flu vaccinations are also available from GP’s for people over 65, pregnant women, or people with conditions such as diabetes, heart or chest complaints, liver or kidney disease. If you are in one of these groups and haven’t yet had the flu jab then please contact your GP for advice.


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