Staff Flu Vaccinations

What is the flu jab?

Every year the flu jab is offered to NHS staff as a way to reduce the risk of staff contracting the flu virus and giving it to patients or family members. Healthcare workers may transmit the illness to patients even if they are mildly or sub-clinically infected.

Flu is a highly transmissible infection therefore RJAH has the delivery of vaccinations available throughout the winter months across the Trust. Our Flu Champion, Karin Evans, leads on vaccinating staff.

If you have your flu jab at your GP, please let Karin know by calling 01691 404692 as we are still able to include you in our total uptake figures.

Why should I worry about flu?

Flu can cause a range of mild to severe illness, even among those who were previously fit and healthy. Public Health England estimated that an average of 8,000 people die from flu in England every year, some years that figure reaches 14,000.

The virus can change and the duration of the protection from the vaccine, approximately one season, are the main reasons that the jab is tailored each year to protect against the most common strains, which means annual vaccination is necessary. Even if you have no flu symptoms, you could still be a carrier and pass flu on to the patients you take care of.

Why is the flu jab important for clinical staff?

Frontline healthcare workers are more likely to be exposed to the flu virus, particularly during winter months when some patients may be infected. It's been estimated that one in four healthcare workers may become infected with influenza during a mild flu season - a much higher figure than expected in the general population.

Vaccinating NHS staff is advised not only to protect healthcare workers, but also their family members and patients. By protecting yourself against flu, you're showing your commitment to providing high-quality and compassionate care.
 

Contact Details

If you have your flu jab at your GP, please let Flu Champion Karin Evans know by calling 01691 404692 as we are still able to include you in our total uptake figures.