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Southern DHB encouraging staff to have the flu vaccination


Wednesday 5 April 2017

Southern DHB encouraging staff to have the flu vaccination

Southern DHB has launched its flu campaign and is encouraging its staff to take up the offer of a free influenza vaccination to protect themselves, their patients their colleagues, their families and their friends.

“The aim is to increase the update of the flu vaccination by our staff from 61 percent last year to over 75 percent this year,” said Southern DHB Chief Medical Officer, Dr Nigel Millar.

“We really want our staff to be immunised against flu especially as healthcare workers are often more likely to come into contact with the influenza virus, and as a result are at greater risk of catching it. Having a well vaccinated workforce then limits the risk to our patients.

We know that flu can be a very serious illness for some people, but we also know that it can be easily prevented with a simple vaccination. This campaign is aimed at ensuring staff know the importance of having the flu vaccination.”

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