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Wharfedale Hospital workers are being urged to have flu injection
9:12am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
The flu immunisation programme for staff at hospitals across Leeds has begun.
The move will see health workers across Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s sites, including Wharfedale Hospital in Otley, being vaccinated.
The aim is to ensure as many hospital workers as possible are protected from this year’s flu strain, both for their own sake and that of patients, ahead of the traditionally busy winter period.
The Trust’s chief nurse, Suzanne Hinchliffe, was one of the first to have this year’s injection and is urging all staff to follow her lead.
She said: “Flu can be a debilitating illness even in the fit and healthy, but can cause significant problems in more vulnerable groups. For hospital staff it is our individual responsibility to protect ourselves and our families from this infection and the best way of doing this is by having the inoculation as soon as possible.
“The last thing we want is for our patients to be infected with the flu virus through contact with healthcare professionals or support staff who had not been immunised.”
The Trust's occupational health service will be running drop-in sessions at its different hospitals while nurses will be visiting clinical areas to ensure as many of its frontline workforce are vaccinated as possible.