Trust staff have been lining up to have their flu
vaccinations this autumn 2013.
So far over 66% have had the vaccination as part of
the Trust's efforts to protect patients and prevent the spread of
For the majority of people flu is unpleasant, but
for others it is more serious, leading to serious complications
such as bacterial chest infections, pneumonia and other breathing
problems which can be fatal. The virus results in thousands of
hospital admissions each year
Frontline clinical staff and health care workers are
more likely to be exposed to the virus, with up to one in four
becoming infected during a mild influenza season, a much higher
incidence rate than that found in the general
Carol Bean, acting staff health and wellbeing
service manager at the Trust, said: "We're very pleased with the
high numbers of staff taking the opportunity to get vaccinated so
far this year - we have a responsibility to protect our
"Patients in hospital are obviously more vulnerable
to the severe effects of influenza and as clinical staff are more
likely to be exposed to the virus, we want to do all we can to
protect them and in the process reduce the chances of them
transmitting it to patients.
"The vaccine is safe and all clinical staff and
health care workers are encouraged by Public Health and NHS England
to get vaccinated."
To find out more about the flu vaccination and
receive the flu jab, members of the public should contact their
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community