Staff at West Suffolk Hospital roll up their sleeves to help fight the flu

Sue Pollett (centre) and members of the flu fighting team at West Suffolk College ANL-150925-164150001
Sue Pollett (centre) and members of the flu fighting team at West Suffolk College ANL-150925-164150001

West Suffolk Hospital is to launch a ‘flu fighters’ campaign to vaccinate as many staff as possible to help stop the spread of the illness.

Around five staff have been recruited to visit the wards to give the flu jab to colleagues working on night shifts and during weekends.

Their efforts will come in addition to the work of the main vaccination team, who will tour the wards and give jabs on the spot as well as setting up stations in central areas to catch people during their breaks.

They aim to beat last year’s total when the hospital vaccinated 1,745 frontline staff by making the jabs as easy as possible for people to access.

Occupational health nurse advisor Sue Pollett, who is leading the programme, said: “It is really important that as many of our staff as possible have the jab. As well as protecting them, the vaccination will also reduce the chances of their patients, colleagues and families from contracting the illness. We’re making the jab as easy as possible for people to access again this year, and will visit wards both during the week and out of hours as well as offering the jab in central areas.

“We would encourage our colleagues to look out for us and our team of peer vaccinators over the coming weeks and take their chance to get protected.”

The national ‘flu safe’ campaign aimed at the public will soon start in GP surgeries with eligible patients in at-risk groups being urged to take up their free jabs.

It includes everyone aged over 65, pregnant women and people aged between six months and 65-years-old who have specific health issues.

For more information, or to arrange a flu vaccination, contact your local GP surgery.