NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Board members are fighting flu this year by rolling up their sleeves and getting the jab.
With the seasonal flu vaccination programme now well underway in local communities and among NHS workers, Board members are appealing to people who are eligible for a free flu vaccination and to all NHS staff to take up the offer to protect themselves, their loved ones and their patients from flu.
At the board meeting on Tuesday 15 October Board members queued up to get their vaccination which will protect them against flu and also prevent them passing the flu virus onto others.
All NHS staff are encouraged to have a flu vaccination to ensure that they are protected from the virus and do not pass it onto their vulnerable patients. As Board members regularly visit health premises and meet with staff and patients as part of their role it is important that they are also protected against the potentially deadly virus.
Andrew Robertson, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Board, said: “Flu is a very serious illness and people with pre-existing health conditions are especially vulnerable to flu. I would encourage as many people as possible to get their flu jab as it is the only protection against flu.
“It is also especially important for NHS and social care staff to get their vaccination. They often come into contact with very ill people and we should not take the risk of passing the flu virus onto people who are already very ill.”
Conditions and diseases which can make flu much more dangerous include:
• cystic fibrosis
• chronic heart disease
• chronic kidney failure
• multiple sclerosis
• liver problems (such as cirrhosis/hepatitis)
• HIV infection.
Who needs the flu vaccination?
• suffers from a health condition
• is pregnant
• is 65 or over
• NHS health care staff
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