Barrow hospital staff taking up flu fight
Last updated at 09:27, Friday, 18 October 2013
FOUR times more staff at the trust that runs Barrow hospital have been vaccinated against the flu this year.
As well as protecting themselves, staff at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust are helping to keep patients safe by ensuring they do not pass on infections.
Acting Chief Nurse Joann Morse said: “Protecting yourself against the flu is vitally important.
“It’s the only way to ensure that our frontline staff can protect themselves from the risk of spreading flu from staff to colleagues, their families and their patients, for whom flu can be fatal in some cases.
“If they are sick, they are not around to care for their patients, their colleagues may be under more pressure and they could risk passing their illness to friends and family.
“My message is simple - the health of your family is important to you.
“Don’t put them at risk by not getting the jab – especially if you have children or care for someone elderly.
“Staff also have a duty of care to their patients.
“By not getting the flu jab they risk passing on the virus to a high risk group who may not be able to recover from influenza.”
Staff can access vaccinations either by attending a drop-in clinic - and staff from occupational health are going out and about on wards and departments offering the vaccination at people’s workplace.
Members of the public at high risk of catching flu and developing serious complications can go to their GPs now to get a free flu jab.
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you are aged 65 years old or over, a child aged two to three years, pregnant, a person with an underlying health condition, a person living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility, or a person who is the main carer for an elderly or disabled person.
This year, primary school pupils in Cumbria can also receive a free nasal flu vaccine through local pharmacies.
Anyone else may be able receive the flu vaccination via their local pharmacy, although a charge will apply.
First published at 09:26, Friday, 18 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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What about the nurses and carers in our nursing homes in the area? Are they also being vaccinated?
I do worry that some of our vulnerable members of our town are at risk from employers who won't cough up to protect their residents.