11th December 2015 – Airedale Hospital launches staff flu campaign
Director of nursing Rob Dearden (pictured front) with medical director Karl Mainprize and Angela Wilson, employee health and wellbeing nurse adviser, are leading by example and urging staff at Airedale Hospital to protect their patients by having their flu vaccination.
For the first time this year, employee health and wellbeing staff set up a drop-in clinic above the main hospital entrance most lunchtimes so that frontline workers could easily get their jab during their break.
Karl Mainprize, medical director at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Flu isn’t just a bad cold, it is a contagious and potentially serious illness especially for elderly people and those with long-term illness.
“Our staff should have the vaccine every year as the viruses that cause flu change and this is the best way of protecting themselves, their patients and families during the winter.”
Rob Dearden, director of nursing at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, added: “A few people do have mild side effects such as aching muscles from having the flu jab, but this is simply the immune system responding to the vaccine and these symptoms are much less serious than having flu.
“You can carry and pass the virus on to others without having any symptoms yourself, so even if you consider yourself healthy, you might be risking the lives of others.”
The best way to avoid flu is to get immunised, but people can also protect themselves by practising good hand hygiene. This means covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue disposing of the tissue after one use and cleaning their hands as soon as possible with soap and water or an alcohol hand gel.
People who do become ill with flu are advised to get lots of rest, drink plenty fluids and use over-the-counter remedies such as paracetamol. If you aren’t getting any better then stay at home and call your doctor or call 111 for non-urgent medical advice.
For advice and information about the flu vaccination, speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.
For more information on seasonal flu or vaccinations visit NHS Choices: