NHS Managers join the Flu-Fighters
Leading by example, senior managers at the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are all having the flu jab and urging staff to do the same.
Phil Confue, Chief Executive at the Trust said, “NHS employers are leading on the national staff flu vaccination campaign and we wholeheartedly support them in encouraging all healthcare staff to get vaccinated against flu to cut the risk of it spreading to patients and colleagues this winter.
Mr Confue explained “Sadly flu can have a big impact on older people, especially on those who are most vulnerable or experiencing other illnesses. This is why it is so important that everyone at the Trust gives serious consideration to having the flu vaccine every year.”
Dr Tamsyn Anderson (pictured having her vaccination), Director of Primary Care at Cornwall Partnership NHS Community Trust said, “Frontline healthcare workers are our first line of defence in protecting our patients from exposure to the flu virus, particularly during winter months when some people in their care will be infected.”
“For most people influenza infection is just a nasty experience, but for some it can lead to illnesses that are more serious, including bronchitis and pneumonia, which can be life threatening, so it is vital to be vaccinated to reduce the impact of flu to protect patient care.”
Lesley Pallett, Workforce Health & Wellbeing Specialist Advisor at the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust added, “Scientific evidence has shown that healthcare workers are more likely to be exposed to the influenza virus than the general population.”
“The elderly, the very young, and people with underlying medical conditions are at a greater risk of suffering severe illness; even healthy people can still develop severe complications from influenza.”
Lesley added, “I highly recommend that Trust staff think very seriously about getting vaccinated.”
To find out more about the flu-jab and getting vaccinated contact Lesley Pallet who is organising Peer Vaccination Clinics at team meetings, alternatively contact your GP or visit www.nhs.uk (search flu-jab vaccinations).