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Local NHS unite in the fight against flu

Tracy Flu
Clare Watson, Accountable officer of NHS South Cheshire CCG and NHS Vale Royal CCG receiving her season flu vaccination from Tracy Bullock, Chief Executive of Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

November 2018

The leaders of NHS organisations in South Cheshire and Vale Royal have come together to encourage people to get vaccinated against flu this winter.

Flu is highly infectious and can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week. 

However, for some it can lead to serious complications. This is why it is free to get the flu vaccine if you:

  • - are aged 65 and over
  • - have a long-term, underlying health condition
  • - are pregnant
  • - are a child aged 0-3

NHS staff are also expected to be vaccinated.

Tracy Bullock, Chief Executive of Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a registered nurse, gave the latest 'jab' to Clare Watson, Accountable Officer of NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal CCG.

Tracy Bullock said: "We know flu kills every single year. It's important that staff protect themselves because by doing that they protect our patients.

"It's also important because not everyone is symptomatic of flu, so they might come into a hospital environment, not know they have flu and pass it on to our vulnerable patients."

Clare Watson said: "We work together all year round, but with winter planning and all the pressures the trust, primary care and community services will face, it's about all the organisations coming together to give people to the best care possible.

"We also have to support our staff. Patients are our number one priority, but we also need to make sure that staff are fit and able to work to support the wider system."

If you are NHS staff, you should be aware of where you can get your flu jab. Your line manager will be able to help if you're not sure.

If you are eligible for the flu vaccine, get it now. Contact your general practice, pharmacist or midwife to get it. 

If you or your child is in one of the above groups, you can have your NHS flu vaccine at:

  • your GP surgery
  • a local pharmacy offering the service
  • your midwifery service if they offer it for pregnant women

Visit www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine for more information.