Health staff lead by example over flu jab

Karen Linnell, specialist occupational health nurse, gives Northumbria Healthcare chief executive David Evans his flu jab.
Karen Linnell, specialist occupational health nurse, gives Northumbria Healthcare chief executive David Evans his flu jab.

Health staff have been encouraging people to get their flu jab this winter – leading by example.

Nearly 2,000 frontline staff at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have so far had their flu vaccination to protect themselves, their family and their patients.

Flu vaccination is part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign, a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England.

Flu can lead to serious complications if you have a long-term health condition like COPD; bronchitis, emphysema; diabetes; heart, kidney or liver disease or have suffered a stroke.

The campaign also targets pregnant women and parents of children aged two, three and four.

David Evans, chief executive at the Trust, said: “Our teams play a key role caring for patients in hospitals and in the community and it’s vitally important staff have the vaccination in order to protect themselves, their families and their patients.

“We’re really pleased with the uptake of the vaccination from our frontline staff and we will be giving flu jabs to many more over the next few weeks.

“Our staff are playing their part in helping to reduce the spread of illnesses this winter and we are encouraging people to do the same.

“We’re urging everyone who’s eligible for a free flu jab such as pregnant women, people suffering from a long-term health condition, those over 65 and carers to have their jab and encouraging parents of young children to have them vaccinated.”