Staff at West Suffolk Hospital are being urged to box clever and help protect themselves, their families and their patients this winter by having the flu jab.
The annual trust-wide flu campaign is set to begin at the start of October.
This year, the hospital has chosen the theme of “boxing clever” to encourage as many staff as possible to knock out flu by having the vaccination so that the impact of the illness on patients and services can be reduced.
Occupational health nurse advisor Sue Pollett will be leading the programme as the trust’s ‘flu fighter’ for 2013.
Along with her vaccination team, she will visit the wards to give flu jabs on the spot and will also be stationed in central areas, such as the staff restaurant, to catch people during their breaks.
“It is really important that as many of our staff as possible box clever this year and have the jab so that we can knock out the flu,” said Ms Pollett.
“As well as protecting them, the vaccination will also reduce the chances of their patients, colleagues and families from contracting the illness.
“Last year, we vaccinated 45 per cent of our frontline staff, which is in line with the national average.
“We’re hoping to reach even more people this year and would encourage as many or our colleagues as possible to look out for us on the wards over the coming weeks and take their chance to get protected.”
The national “flu safe” campaign aimed at the public will soon begin in doctor’s surgeries, with eligible patients in at-risk groups being urged to take up their free jabs.
This includes everyone aged over 65, pregnant women and people 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.