Hartlepool health staff get vaccinations as flu season arrives

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Hundreds of staff at a health trust are making sure they are protected against flu.

The North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust will start its annual round of flu vaccinations next week.

Flu can be serious and even fatal, even for normally fit and well people, so that’s why the campaign is so important to protect ourselves and our patients

Jude Cooper

The occupational health and wellbeing team, together with even more ward vaccinators than in previous years, will be providing clinics.

They will also be carrying out visits to wards to offer the vaccination to all staff and volunteers.

Head of occupational health and wellbeing at the trust, Jude Cooper, said: “We are encouraging staff to protect themselves, their family and their patients against flu by having the vaccination.

“We’re dispelling any myths about the vaccination too. Despite what people think, you cannot get flu from the flu vaccine.

“It is not a live vaccine, so it is impossible to catch flu by having the vaccine.

“It takes a couple of weeks after getting the vaccination to get immunity, so we’re encouraging staff to get it early.”

Jude also explained about the importance of protecting as many people as possible from flu.

She said: “Flu can be serious and even fatal, even for normally fit and well people, so that’s why the campaign is so important to protect ourselves and our patients.

“It is thought that the strains of flu circulating this year will have a disproportionate effect on pregnant women, so it’s especially important to have the vaccine if you are pregnant.

“The nasal vaccine is also being extended to more young children this year to ensure they are protected.”