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Southend staff join the fight against flu

20 October 2016

Health Care

Staff at Southend University Hospital are injecting even more into patient care this winter and joining the fight against seasonal flu.

Every year the hospital treats hundreds of patients who have contracted the flu virus. For the majority it presents symptoms which are unpleasant but not dangerous, however for others it can lead to severe complications and in some cases even death.

It's a highly transmissible infection which staff working at the hospital could be exposed to, so it's important that as many as possible get vaccinated to help protect themselves, their patients and their friends and family.

The Trust's Occupational Health Team has organised a whole host of pop-up and mobile flu vaccination clinics at various locations over the next few weeks, making it easier than ever for the hospital's 4,500 staff to get the jab.

Medical Director, Neil Rothnie was one of the first clinicians to roll up his sleeve. He said: "As winter approaches and coughs, colds and flu start to circulate in the community it's important we keep ourselves healthy.

"Like other healthcare staff and carers, I am on the frontline and therefore could catch and spread flu among patients. Some of our patients are more vulnerable to flu and can be hit the hardest by the virus, but this can be prevented if staff have the flu jab.

"Last year 2,276 staff - well over half of our frontline staff - got the flu vaccination and this year we hope to get even more immunised.

"I'm urging our staff to get the vaccine and do all they can to reduce the risks of passing the flu virus to their families and colleagues, and crucially to their patients."

Since launching this year's campaign two weeks ago an impressive 1,400 staff have already got the jab, a figure that is steadily growing on a daily basis.