Hospitals trust staff turn 'flu fighters' to beat the germs this winter (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Hospitals trust staff turn 'flu fighters' to beat the germs this winter
1:10pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
STAFF at the trust that runs Morecambe Bay hospitals have turned ‘flu fighters’ in a bid to beat the lurgy this winter.
Already four times as many staff have received their jab than at the same time last year to ensure they do not pass on the infection to patients.
“Protecting yourself against the flu is vitally important,” said acting chief nurse Joann Morse.
“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.”
Staff have been accessing vaccinations by attending a drop-in clinic, while occupational health workers have been going out and about on wards and departments offering the jab.
“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,” continued Ms Morse.
“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.”
Now local people are also being urged to get the injection if they are at high risk of catching flu and developing serious complications.
Free jabs are available to anybody aged over 65, children aged two or three-years-old years, women who are pregnant, people with an underlying health condition, anyone living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility and people who are 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.
“My message is simple,” added Ms Morse. “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.”
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