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NHS Highland staff urged to get their flu vaccination

By Staff Reporter- NOSN

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With NHS Highland’s staff flu vaccination programme well under way, a plea is being issued to those staff returning from their October break to get their jab if they haven’t already done so.

The number of staff already vaccinated is greater than this time last year with more than 2000 already vaccinated, but all NHS Highland staff are being reminded that the vaccine is still available.

Dr Ken Oates, flu coordinator and consultant in public health for NHS Highland, said: “We are asking health and social care staff across NHS Highland to consider the vulnerability of the people in their care and to take steps to protect those individuals as well as themselves, their colleagues and their family by getting the flu vaccination.

“Uptake at the start of this campaign has been good but we want to maintain that so we are making a plea to all healthcare workers, especially those with direct patient contact, to consider getting vaccinated as soon as possible.”

NHS Highland’s interim chairman, Professor Boyd Robertson, added his voice to the campaign after he received his vaccination earlier this month.

He said: “The vaccine is the most effective way to protect you from the flu. For staff across NHS Highland, it is not only protecting them but also their patients and their families.

“Healthcare workers are more likely to get exposed to the flu virus so I really would encourage colleagues across NHS Highland to get the vaccination early to ensure they are protected.

“I had my vaccine a couple of weeks ago. It was quick and painless and I am confident that it offers me the best protection against the virus.”

Vaccination trolleys are available in most locations across the region and occupational health is also holding clinics for staff.

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