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 the flu before winter.
The message from bosses at Surrey & 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. 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 and hopes all staff will take advantage of the free vaccine.
Flu – short for influenza – is an infectious and common viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. Symptoms include a sudden high temperature, headache and general aches and pains, tiredness and sort throat.
A flu vaccine is available free on the NHS for:
- pregnant women
- children aged two and three
- children aged 2-18 with a long-term health condition
- adults aged 65 or older
- people with a serious medical condition
- healthcare workers or carers
- people living in a residential or nursing home
Despite popular belief, the flu vaccine cannot give you flu as it doesn’t contain the active virus needed to do this.
The vaccine is available from October each year. If you think you need it, talk to your GP or practice nurse or have a look at the surgery website for details.