Make sure you get your flu jab

Medical Director David Wise receiving his flu vaccination by theatres matron Sandra Senior
Medical Director David Wise receiving his flu vaccination by theatres matron Sandra Senior

Hospital boss backs campaign to vaccinate all frontline doctors and nurses against the flu.

David Wise, medical director at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Founation, said: “It’s essential that most - if not all - frontline workers have the flu vaccine before the virus is circulating.

“It will prevent the bug from being passed on and affecting vulnerable people which is necessary.”

There will be drop-in clinics for staff starting next month.

Health chiefs at NHS Calderdale have also urged pregnant women to get the jab - to protect them and their babies.

Figures from last winter showed only 27 per cent of mums-to-be had the flu vaccine.

Dr Graham Wardman, director of public health, said: “Flu can cause serious illness in pregnant women and in the most severe cases can put the lives of expectant mums and their unborn babies at risk.”

Pregnant women are also urged this year to get the whooping cough vaccine after a national outbreak of the disease.

Contact your GP practice of phone NHS Direct on: 0845 46 47 for more information.