Nursing & Midwifery Council Chief Executive receives flu jab at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
A nurse from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has given the chief executive and registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) her flu jab during a visit to St Mary’s hospital, Paddington.
Lead site nurse practitioner, Andy Brittin, gave Jackie Smith her flu vaccine alongside the Trust’s chief executive, Dr Tracey Batten as part of the “Be a flu fighter” campaign. The Trust is aiming to vaccinate as many staff as possible against flu this year and has introduced a new peer vaccination programme so qualified staff can vaccinate colleagues in their own work areas.
Jackie Smith, Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC said:
“Influenza is dangerous, highly contagious and largely preventable. Carriers can pass on the virus to others without having any symptoms themselves, so even though someone feels healthy they might be risking the lives of others.
“Making sure they have received their flu jab is a simple thing that all nurses and midwives can do to ensure that they, their patients and colleagues stay flu free this year.”
Janice Sigsworth, Director of Nursing at the Trust said:
"The more staff that are vaccinated against flu the better we are able to protect our patients and each other. We are hoping to maximise the number of staff that receive flu jabs this year with a number of new initiatives which will make getting the vaccine quick and easy.”
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