Health and social care workers are being encouraged to get vaccinated against flu as we approach the winter season. Flu can be serious. It is vitally important for health and social care professionals to protect themselves from getting the flu and also helps prevent the spread of flu to patients, and their family and friends.
NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group’s Chief Nursing Officer, Helen Jenkinson says: “Our health and care staff provide vital services to our local communities. Having a flu jab helps to prevent the spread of flu, particularly when dealing with people who may already have other underlying health concerns which put them in an at-risk group. Becoming seriously ill with flu could potentially result in someone ending up in hospital. Having the flu vaccine will help ensure our staff stay well this winter, protecting not only their loved ones but also those they are caring for on a daily basis.”
Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health for Birmingham City Council, said: ““It is important that our health and social care staff protect themselves, and others, against the flu virus. The best time to get a flu jab is any time between now and the end of November, but the vaccine is still available from December onwards. The earlier you get the flu jab the better to make sure you are protected.”
Kath Corbett, a senior care assistant at the Priory Care Home in Solihull said: “I have worked at The Priory for 19 years. Last year our residents’ GP persuaded me to have the flu vaccine for the first time. It took a few minutes and had no side effects. I feel I am doing my part to protect my residents and family. And I have peace of mind I won’t be ridden with flu this Christmas! This year I just had to take my name badge and ID to my local pharmacy who gave the vaccine free of charge.”
Frontline health and social care workers should be offered the flu vaccination, free of charge, by their employer.