Care home staff across Doncaster are being encouraged to get the flu jab this winter to help reduce some of the predicted 8,000 flu-related deaths .
The NHS has launched a campaign based around staff who work in care organisations to highlight they have a personal responsibility to ensure they protect themselves and those they care for from flu.
The campaign runs alongside an award scheme for the care sector which encourages their staff to receive the vaccine.
Public Health England and the NHS launched the awards scheme last year to recognise efforts made by care homes, hospices and domiciliary care providers to achieve a high level of flu vaccine uptake by their staff.
Organisations will receive a bronze award if 50% to 59% of staff are vaccinated, silver for 60% to 69%% and gold if 70% or more of their staff have the flu jab.
Dr David Crichton, local GP and Chairman of NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Getting the flu jab is the best way to protect yourself against flu and to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
“It’s really important that people who work in the care sector, regardless of their job role, protect themselves and those around them from flu by having the vaccine.
“Older people and those with existing health conditions can become seriously ill if they get flu so it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect one another.”
Care sector organisations will receive information about how to take part in the flu vaccine awards scheme.
Care sector staff can get a free flu jab at their local GP or participating pharmacy. They should take their ID badge, letter from employer or payslip.
Staff in care sector organisations can find out more about getting the vaccine at www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine
Members of the public can find out more about getting vaccinated by speaking to their GP or local pharmacist, or visiting www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine