Hospital staff roll up their sleeves for flu jab

RECORD numbers of doctors, nurses and support workers at Basildon and Orsett hospitals have rolled up their sleeves for a flu jab, in a bid to avoid catching and spreading the illness this winter.

Staff flu vaccination clinics are being held through the winter and flu champions are providing the jab to their colleagues. Last year’s uptake rate has already been exceeded, with over 2,000 staff opting to have the jab, helping to protect themselves, patients and their families.

Clare Panniker, Chief Executive, was among the first to have the vaccination. She said: “We are keen for as many staff as possible to have the flu jab. People working in a healthcare environment are more likely to be exposed to the flu virus, particularly during winter months. Having the jab helps to prevent staff from getting the flu and passing it on to patients and their relatives.”

The flu vaccine is available free on the NHS to people most at risk from flu, including those over 65 years, pregnant women, adults and children with health conditions such as respiratory or heart disease, or weakened immune systems. It is also given as a nasal spray to children aged two and three years.

For more information about the flu jab, ask your family doctor or nurse, or see www.nhs.uk

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