Four times as many hospital staff have had their flu jab compared to this time last year, as Morecambe Bay health chiefs step up the fight against flu this winter.
People working at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Furness General Hospital in Barrow and Kendal’s Westmorland General Hospital have all been asked to play their part by not passing on infections.
And the wider public have also been urged to get their jab.
Joann Morse, acting chief nurse at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Protecting yourself against the flu is vitally important. It’s the only way to ensure that our frontline staff can protect themselves from the risk of spreading flu from staff to colleagues, their families and their patients, for whom flu can be fatal in some cases.
“If they are sick, they are not around to care for their patients, their colleagues may be under more pressure and they could risk passing their illness to friends and family.
“My message is simple - the health of your family is important to you. Don’t put them at risk by not getting the jab – especially if you have children or care for someone elderly.
“Staff also have a duty of care to their patients. By not getting the flu jab they risk passing on the virus to a high risk group who may not be able to recover from influenza.”
Staff can access vaccinations either by attending a drop-in clinic - and staff from occupational health are going out and about on wards and departments offering the vaccination at people’s workplace.
People at high risk of catching flu and developing serious complications can go to their doctor now to get a free flu jab.
They include anyone aged 65 or over, a child aged two to three, pregnant women, people with underlying health conditions, a person living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility, or a person who is the main carer for an elderly or disabled person.