NHS staff have flu jab to stay healthy this winter

Peter Jenkins getting flu jab

Dr Peter Jenkins, Chair of NHS Wiltshire CCG, having his flu vaccination

As the cold weather approaches, NHS staff at Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are offered the flu vaccination to protect themselves and to help reduce the spread of flu. It is really important for NHS staff to have the flu jab because along with keeping them safe, it also helps to protect their colleagues, their patients and their families from contracting the flu virus.

Leading the way, Dr Peter Jenkins, Chair of NHS Wiltshire CCG, recently had his vaccination to protect himself and patients in his care against harm from flu this winter.

Dr Jenkins said:
“Wiltshire CCG are supporting NHS England’s drive to increase take-up of the winter flu vaccine and are encouraging its staff to have the vaccination. Flu is a nasty illness and we want to make sure our staff, patients and Wiltshire people are protected against it.”

Flu is highly contagious, can lead to serious complications for those in high-risk groups and, in extreme cases, can prove fatal.  Wiltshire CCG strongly recommends that everyone gets the flu vaccination especially those in high risk groups including: 

  • all two, three and four years olds (those born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2014)
  • pregnant women
  • adults aged 65 years and older
  • anyone with a long-term health condition
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers

You can arrange to have your flu vaccination at your local GP surgery (free for those in the high risk groups) or check to see if your local pharmacist is providing them.

Dr Jenkins added: “Winter flu is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. Having the vaccination is a quick and simple procedure with minimal or no side effects providing effective protection against the flu virus.”