Hospital staff lead the way in fighting flu this winter

Sue Smith and George Nasmyth pledging to fight flu.
Sue Smith and George Nasmyth pledging to fight flu.

Staff at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust are leading the way in fighting flu this winter.

As with other trusts across the country, the Trust needs to ensure that at least 75

per cent of front line staff are vaccinated against flu this winter.

So far, the Trust has vaccinated 58 per cent of its 3,166 front line workers – and more are coming forward each day.

Executive Chief Nurse Sue Smith said: “Protecting yourself against the flu is vitally


“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.

“I have received my vaccination and I urge others to do the same.”

Medical Director George Nasmyth added: “Staff 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.

Members of the public at high risk of catching flu and developing serious complications can go to their GPs now to get a free flu jab.

You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you are aged 65 years old or over, a child aged 2-3 years, pregnant, a person with an underlying health condition, 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.