As the cold weather approaches, NHS staff at North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (NHCCG) are offered the flu vaccination to protect themselves and to help reduce the spread of flu. It is really important for NHS staff to have the flu jab because along with keeping them safe, it also helps protect their colleagues, their patients and their families from contracting the flu virus.
Dr Nicola Decker, Chair of NHS North Hampshire CCG, recently had her vaccination to protect herself and patients in her care against harm from flu this winter.
Dr Decker said: “It’s the right thing to do. We must lead by example. Having the flu vaccination helps us to stay as fit as possible to serve in our NHS”
Flu is highly contagious, can lead to serious complications for those in high-risk groups and, in extreme cases, can prove fatal. The CCG strongly recommends that everyone gets the flu vaccination especially those in high risk groups including:
- all two, three and four years olds (those born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2014)
- pregnant women
- adults aged 65 years and older
- anyone with a long-term health condition
- those in long-stay residential care homes
You can arrange to have your flu vaccination at your local GP surgery (free for those in the high risk groups) or check to see if your local pharmacist is providing them.