East Surrey Hospital’s Chief Executive Michael Wilson is the latest member of staff to get his flu vaccination and he is urging all the hospital staff to do the same.
More than 1,400 people at Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, have had the flu jab so far this autumn.
The Trust is running a series of vaccination clinics and hopes all staff will take advantage of the free vaccine.
Mr Wilson said: “Vaccinations are vital to protect staff, their families and our patients. Anyone who has experienced flu knows it knocks you off your feet for weeks, and it can take you another couple of weeks to feel back to full strength. For some people, flu can also 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. And 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.”
GPs offer free vaccinations to a number of ‘at-risk’ groups including people who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person, those with a serious medical condition, over 65’s, and pregnant women. Also, this year, for the first time, children aged two or three years on 1 September are also being offered the flu vaccination by GPs. This is to protect them against the infectious disease and help reduce its spread to other children. Anyone needing further information should visit www.nhs.uk or contact their GP.