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Airedale Hospital chiefs get flu jabs
9:00am Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
Airedale health chiefs Rob Dearden and Andrew Catto are leading by example.
Rob, director of nursing, and Andrew, medical director, were at the front of the queue for their flu jabs as they urged all frontline staff at Airedale Hospital to protect themselves. And they will be visiting wards and departments to stress the importance of flu jabs.
Andrew said: “Staff vaccinations can almost eliminate the risk of flu spreading from staff to colleagues, their families and their patients, for whom flu can be fatal in some cases.”
Last year 56 per cent of frontline staff took up the offer of the free flu vaccination, which was above the national average, but the trust wants the percentage to be much higher this year.
“We would like our staff, who come into contact with patients, to have the flu vaccine as soon as possible before the virus is circulating – especially as it takes two weeks for the vaccine to take effect,” added Rob.
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