8 December 2016 – Airedale Hospital’s Board Members Become Flu Fighters
Members of Airedale Hospital’s board are leading by example by having their flu jab to protect themselves, their colleagues and patients this winter.
They are urging frontline staff in particular to have their vaccination as it is the most effective way to prevent them from catching the virus.
Currently around 67 percent of these employees have become NHS flu fighters – a slightly higher number of doctors than nurses.
Bridget Fletcher, chief executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our board members take this issue very seriously as it helps to demonstrate that we are doing everything we can to try and keep patients safe during one of our busiest times of year.
“If staff are off work sick with flu that not only places enormous pressure on the rest of their colleagues, but also poses an increased risk to vulnerable members of our local community.
“Flu isn’t just a bad cold, it is very contagious and can be a serious illness for elderly people and those with long-term health conditions.
The trust’s employee health and wellbeing team has set up regular drop-in clinics and visits wards and clinical teams out in the community to make it as easy as possible for them to have their annual flu jab. For the first time this year, a number of nurses and midwives have been trained to become peer vaccinators to help protect their colleagues in support of the national wider NHS Flu Fighter campaign.
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: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/pages/introduction.aspx