East Surrey Hospital’s medical director, Dr Des Holden, and chief nurse, Fiona Allsop, are leading the way in their campaign to get all staff vaccinated against flu before winter.
The message from Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, is protect yourself, your families and our patients from the virus.
Dr Holden said: “For some people, flu can be extremely dangerous. Many of our patients are vulnerable and catching flu could be very serious for them, so it is important that we all make time to get the flu vaccination.
“Helping to protect our staff, we reduce the risk to our patients. We also reduce the risk of staff being off sick, so during the busy winter months we are able to provide the best level of care to our patients.”
The Trust is running a series of vaccination clinics open to all staff.
Flu – short for influenza – is an infectious and common viral illness. Symptoms include a sudden high temperature, headache and general aches and pains, tiredness and sort throat.
People in an ‘at risk’ group, who are eligible for the free vaccination, are encouraged to contact their GP surgery or community pharmacy if they would like to have the vaccination. This includes everyone aged over 65, pregnant women, people who are very overweight (with a body mass index of over 40) and adults and children who have specific health issues.
The vaccine is available from October each year. If you think you need it then talk to your GP, practice nurse or look at your GP surgery’s website for details.
For more information about flu and the vaccine go to: www.nhs.uk/flu