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Staff flu fighter campaign launches at north Cumbria's hospitals

Posted on Thursday 18th October 2012
Flu campaign

L-R: Jaqui Roberts and Dawn Mahone, Occupational Health Advisors

All staff at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven are being encouraged to be a ‘flu fighter’ and get the seasonal flu vaccination which is being offered by the hospitals’ occupational health teams.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is actively encouraging all staff to be vaccinated as they have a crucial role to play in helping to ensure that everyone understands the importance of the vaccination programme

Last year, the hospitals had a high uptake of staff receiving the vaccination and this year the Trust is aiming to have the biggest uptake yet.

Dr Clive Graham, Consultant Medical Microbiologist and Clinical Lead for Support Services at the Trust, said: “This year we are asking all staff to lead the way in encouraging those patients ‘at risk’ to have the vaccination. Those ‘at risk’ include people with asthma, diabetes, chronic conditions, pregnant women and people aged 65 or over.

“Flu is serious – if you are not vaccinated, you are not only putting yourself at risk of acquiring the infection, you are also putting others at risk as they may be more susceptible to the virus. North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust knows that a comprehensive vaccination campaign is crucial if we are to eliminate the risk of flu spreading.

“It is essential that the many unhelpful myths about the flu vaccine are dispelled because they deter people from being vaccinated. The vaccine is safe, has minimal or non-existent side effects, can be used in pregnancy and is required every year.”