The annual 24 hour flu-jabathon at UHNM takes place on Monday 4 November in the atrium at Royal Stoke University Hospital and the Infection Prevention team are on a mission to vaccinate as many staff as possible.
Last year more than 80 per cent of the UHNM workforce were vaccinated. This equates to more than 8,000 staff in both clinical and non-clinical areas and made UHNM one of the top Trusts in the country for ensuring staff and patients are protected.
Already this year, the team have vaccinated more than 3,000 staff ahead of the jabathon.
Emyr Phillips, Deputy Director, Infection Prevention & Sepsis, said: “Having the flu vaccination is very important as it offers reassurance to patients, staff and visitors and can potentially even save lives. The team are rolling out a number of initiatives to help ensure more staff than ever are successfully vaccinated against flu and the jabathon is a very popular event. This is the first time the flu jabathon has taken place in the main atrium at Royal Stoke University Hospital and we are hoping to have a great turnout.
“Of course, none of this will be achievable without our staff coming along to get vaccinated. It shows a willing attitude and demonstrates awareness of responsibility to help protect others as well as themselves.”
Vaccinating against the flu virus not only protects staff members, it also ensures that staff don’t pass the virus on to others, including vulnerable patients.
To help ensure that as many staff as possible are vaccinated, specific clinics have been set up and are available for staff throughout UHNM. There are also designated ‘flu vaccinators’ on each ward so staff can get access to the flu jab conveniently.