South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has joined the largest ever NHS staff vaccination campaign with the aim of vaccinating as many frontline staff as possible to reduce the spread of flu this season.
Last year the flu season led to more than 100 deaths in the UK and flu-related admissions into intensive care or high dependency units increased. The NHS flu fighter campaign, now in its third year, aims to raise awareness about the benefits of vaccination against flu and educate staff about the availability of the free vaccine.
The Trust, as part of its support for this campaign, will be encouraging all frontline staff to get vaccinated this season. It has organised a series of drop in clinics at locations and venues across the districts where it provides services to ensure all those working in clinical services and community settings can have the vaccine.
Steven Michael, chief executive at the Trust said, “The Trust takes patient safety very seriously and we will be working hard to encourage all our staff including nurses, doctors and other frontline healthcare professionals to get vaccinated, as well as non-clinical staff – helping to prevent them from catching flu or passing the virus on to patients.
“Over the past two years the national campaign has helped increase, by 108,000, the number of frontline NHS staff in England who are vaccinated and we will be making every effort at our Trust to continue this trend upwards.”
Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, who run the national campaign, said, “Flu targets people who are weakened and vulnerable, so it’s crucial the NHS does everything it can to keep the virus away from patients. By having our vaccinations we protect ourselves, our patients, our friends, and our family.”