The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn is top of the table nationally for flu vaccine uptake with 99.1% of patient facing staff now vaccinated against the flu.
This impressive feat follows two months of dedication and hard work by the Trust’s flu vaccine team who through a mixture drop in clinics, peer vaccination sessions and the Trust’s successful 24 hour jab-a-thons have made this possible.
Dr April Brown, Chief Nurse at QEH said: “This is an incredible result for Team QEH, the patients we treat and our local community. It means that this winter the chances of the flu passing through our hospital are significantly reduced and also means that our local community are better protected.
“I am exceptionally proud of Team QEH for really getting behind the campaign this year – it’s a testament to their dedication to our patients that we have achieved this recording-breaking level for QEH this winter.”
Flu vaccines are a safety intervention and protect those who have the jab, including patients and staff, against the most common expected strains of flu. Having high numbers of staff vaccinated reduces the possibility of the Trust experiencing staff sickness due to flu or from passing it on to vulnerable patients.
Dr Brown continued: “I would like to take this opportunity to remind members of our local community to get their jab if they are eligible for one – it’s the one thing that everyone can do to support the Trust this winter and it could be lifesaving.”