Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has joined the largest ever NHS staff vaccination campaign with a programme of local flu jab clinics to protect its staff and patients from flu.
The trust is aiming to reduce the spread of flu by vaccinating as many of its staff as possible.
It is joining the national NHS flu fighter staff vaccination campaign, which supports trusts in England to help them improve staff flu vaccination uptake.
Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said: “Flu targets people who are weakened and vulnerable, so it’s crucial the NHS does everything it can to keep the virus away from patients.”
Last year the flu season led to more than a hundred deaths in the UK, claiming 107 lives and affecting thousands more.
Annual flu-related admissions into intensive care or high dependency units also increased last year.
Currently, half of all NHS staff are vaccinated but 108,000 more staff are getting vaccinated compared to only two years ago.
Hayley Darn, consultant nurse, said: “We hope our uptake continues to grow, showing our commitment to patient safety.”
Support provided by the national NHS flu fighter campaign includes guidance and factual campaign materials, explaining the dangers of flu and why vaccination offers safe and highly effective prevention against its spread to vulnerable patients.