Joining the annual NHS flu fighters’ campaign at East Surrey Hospital is Dr Natalie Powell – the 1,000th member of staff to have the flu vaccine this autumn.
By having the vaccination staff help reduce their risk of catching flu, as well as spreading it to people around them, including their patients, colleagues and their families.
Dr Powell, who is expecting her first baby, said: “I know the vaccine is one of the safest in the world and will also help protect my baby from flu during the first few months of his or her life.”
The hospital, which is run by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, is encouraging all its staff to be vaccinated during the 3 month campaign.
Trust Chief Nurse Fiona Allsop said: “It’s great to see so many of our staff taking up the offer of a flu vaccination. Flu is easily spread from person to person, so by having the jab our staff are less likely to fall sick themselves during the busy winter period, while their patients, who are often more vulnerable, can also be protected.”
People in an ‘at risk’ groups who are eligible for the free vaccination are encouraged to contact their GP surgery or community pharmacy if they would like to get have the vaccination. This includes everyone aged over 65, pregnant women and people between six months and 65 years-old who have specific health issues. For more information about flu and the vaccine go to: www.nhs.uk/flu