A message from Richard

Along with over 3,500 members of Team DBTH I received my flu jab last year – and I was also able to administer a number of vaccinations to our front-line staff members.

From Monday 1 October, we will begin the process once again.

Each year, we take all of the proactive steps necessary to ensure that we are as protected as possible against the flu. Speaking from my experiences as a Registered Nurse, there is nothing worse than an outbreak of flu within wards and departments, and this is just one more weapon in our arsenal in the fight against the illness.

Whether you’re a doctor, nurse or any manner of front-line team member, I urge you to get your jab this October. Getting the vaccination is another step you can take to protect not only your patients but also your colleagues, so please ensure you make all efforts to get the jab.

In the last two years we were the first Trust nationally to hit a vaccination rate of 75% and we want to maintain this performance for a third year running and get as close as we can to the national standard of vaccinating 100% of front-line clinical staff.

If you don’t normally get your jab for whatever reason, please challenge yourself this year to do so. We are switching to the quadrivalent vaccine so we expect it to be even more effective this year, covering the following flu strains:

  • A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09 – like strain
  • A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2) – like strain
  • B/Colorado/06/2017 – like strain
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013 – like strain

Further details on when and where vaccinators will be out and about is available in this week’s Buzz, a resource webpage is currently under development and will be available shortly and I hope you’ve all had an opportunity to see our new ‘Flucredibles’ team.

Similar to last autumn, I intend to be out-and-about, helping to administer the vaccine and ensuring that we hit that all important target. I hope to see you in October, doing your bit fighting against the flu.


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