A flu vaccine is for one season only, not for life! This is because the viruses that cause the flu change regularly. That's why you need to get this year's jab which is designed to protect you, your family and patients from the latest strains.
Therefore even if you have had the vaccine previously or never had flu before, you're still at risk. Frontline healthcare workers are more likely to be exposed to flu than other groups, and can easily carry and pass the virus onto others without even having any symptoms.
The more people who have the vaccine means fewer people will get sick, as there will be less germs around to spread from person to person. This concept is called "herd immunity".
Because of Covid-19 we have had to change the way we offer flu clinics this year to keep everyone safe. Clinics will be run on an appointment basis or locally in the boroughs with peer vaccinators.
Here are all the ways you can get your flu jab this year:
- Book an online appointment *We recommend you copy and paste this link into Google Chrome: https://nwb-extranet.frank-digital.co.uk/book-online-flu-appointment (View instruction on how to do this)
- Alternatively, you can call one of the three dedicated booking lines: 01925 664174; 01925 664463; 01925 664419
- Contact your local peer vaccinator to get your jab (speak to your matron to find out who this is)
- For further information, contact the Occupational Health team on 01925 664 010 or email: email@example.com
Everyone who has their flu jab will automatically be entered into one of six prize draws to win high street vouchers!
This year we've created a dedicated section with a wealth of information about flu and why it's so important to get your jab. It covers signs and symptoms, clinical evidence, who is most at risk and much more.
Also the vaccines being used this flu season have been produced without using an egg-based manufacturing process, therefore they are considered egg-free!
Even if you've never had flu before, you're still at risk. Frontline healthcare workers are more likely to be exposed to flu than other groups, and can easily carry and pass the virus onto others, without even having any symptoms.