With a wide-range of engaging Space Invaders themed posters and tote bags being shared across our numerous sites, we are hoping to achieve our highest score, or uptake, to date. Getting the flu jab is not only vital for our staff to protect themselves, but is also important as it protects our patients, as well as their families and carers.
As it stands, we are currently at a 35% uptake (as of 23 November) amongst our frontline healthcare workers and we’re hoping to achieve a 70%+ uptake once the campaign has drawn to a close.
Dr Joanne Medhurst, our medical director, said: “The Space Invaders theme is a fun way of engaging staff in what is a serious campaign. Flu can kill, and we’re actively encouraging as many of our frontline healthcare staff to get protected and keep our patients safe. Importantly, getting the jab protects our most vulnerable patient groups, including older people and those with a pre-existing health condition.”
Did you know? Public Health England estimated that an average 8,000 people die from flu in England each year. Some years that figure reaches 14,000. That's more than eight times the number of confirmed cases of measles (91), mumps (717) and rubella (5) combined in 2016.