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Find out about Flu!

Published 02/12/2014

Last year the Trust won the NHS Employer's Award for ’Most Improved Seasonal Flu Campaign’ and we vaccinated an impressive 75.3% of frontline health care workers. We are currently achieving 43% of our staff vaccinated through clinics in their work areas and in our Occupational Health Departments.

Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus. 

If you're at risk of complications from flu, make sure you have your annual flu vaccine.

Anyone can get flu, but it can be more serious for certain people, such as:

people aged 65 or over 
people who have a serious medical condition 
pregnant women 

If you are in one of these groups, you're more vulnerable to the effects of flu (even if you're fit and healthy) and could develop flu complications, which are more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, which could result in hospitalisation. 

Flu can also make existing medical conditions worse. If you’re the carer of an elderly or disabled person, make sure they’ve had their flu jab. As a carer, you could be eligible for a flu jab too. Ask your GP for advice.

Public Health England's (PHE's) latest surveillance report indicates that flu is beginning to circulate more widely and urges more pregnant women to have the flu vaccination this winter.

36 pregnant women died between 2009 – 2012 with strains of the flu virus that the current vaccine protects against.  None were known to be vaccinated. Flu is now circulating in the community at higher levels and use of antivirals has been authorised.  It is important to be vaccinated as soon as possible, while adhering to hand hygiene procedures and excluding yourself from work if you have symptoms of flu.   

Visit www.nhs.uk/livewell/winterhealth/pages/fluandthefluvaccine.aspx for useful information about flu. 

Last Modified 23/12/2014