24th October 2014 – Airedale Hospital launches staff flu campaign

Posted on October 31, 2014 by AireAdmin

Hospital bosses are urging staff to protect their patients by having their flu vaccination.

Since launching the annual campaign earlier this month (October), employee health and wellbeing staff at Airedale Hospital have been visiting wards and departments and running drop in clinics to give staff their flu jab.

Karl Mainprize, medical director at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said “We had a great response last year and vaccinated 75 per cent of our frontline staff, but we want to do even better this year. We also want to catch as many of our staff as soon as possible to protect them, their patients and families, from the flu virus at the start of the winter period.

Rob Dearden, director of nursing at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, added: “We’d like to thank all staff that had their vaccination last year, but also remind them that they need to have it again this year to protect themselves and their patients, as there will be new strains of flu in circulation.”

Facts about flu

  • Despite a mild flu season in 2013/14, NHS hospitals treated more than 904 patients in intensive care settings and, tragically, 10.8 per cent of them died.
  • The number of flu-related admissions into intensive care or high dependency units in the UK increased in 2013/14 compared to the previous year.
  • The vaccine is one of the safest in the world.
  • You need the vaccine every year; last year’s vaccination won’t protect you this year.

Last winter over half of all NHS frontline staff were vaccinated against flu, which adds up to more than 500,000 doctors, nurses, GP’s healthcare assistants and other staff.

The best way to avoid flu is to get immunised, but in addition, people can protect themselves by practicing good hand hygiene with the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ technique. 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.