Isle of Wight’s chief nurse calls on older residents to have flu jab

Last winter less than 20% of Islanders over the age of 60 had a flu vaccination. Protect Together campaign is about the responsibility that we all share to protect ourselves, our family and our community, says Chief Nurse

Alice Webster

The senior NHS nurse on the Isle of Wight has called on older residents to get their flu jab as the health service prepares for another busy winter. 

The NHS and local authority has launched a joint flu campaign called Protect Together which aims to raise awareness of the vaccination and reduce the impact of flu on residents and the Island’s health and care services. 

Responsibility to protect ourselves, our family and our community
Alice Webster (pictured), Nursing Director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said:

“This year the NHS is running one of the biggest ever flu campaigns and we’re doing the same on the Island. 

“Our Protect Together campaign is about the responsibility that we all share to protect ourselves, our family and our community. 

“Flu is still a major problem, it can make people extremely ill and can kill, especially if people have underlying health conditions. 

“I would urge everyone to get their flu jab, especially older people or people with long term conditions who can get the jab for free.” 

Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications if you have a long term health condition such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, heart, kidney or liver disease. People with these and other long term health conditions are eligible for a free flu jab through their GP or pharmacist. 

Legg: Protect yourself and others against flu
Last winter less than 20% of Islanders over the age of 60 had a flu vaccination.  Dr Michele Legg, clinical chair of NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“Having a flu jab – particularly if you are eligible for a free vaccination – is important to have to protect yourself and others against flu.

“It’s also important to remember these simple tips to help stop germs from spreading. Make sure you keep your hands clean, washing them with warm water and soap helps prevent germs from being passed on.

“If you are sneezing or coughing then use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth to catch germs and then bin your used tissue.

“And it’s not just hands that need to be kept clean, do your best to make sure surfaces, especially those in public places, are wiped down.

“Lastly it’s always important to eat well and stay active as both of these things help boost your immune system.”


News shared by the press office on behalf of Isle of Wight NHS Trust. Ed

Friday, 18th October, 2019 11:41am

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7 Comments on "Isle of Wight’s chief nurse calls on older residents to have flu jab"

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Eagle eye
I have often thought that large companies should offer the flu jab to their staff in the work place. Much easier to have one person visit a premises and deal with people who would like the jab but can’t take time off work to get it. Supermarket staff would be a good place to start due to the nature of their job mixing with the public. –… Read more »
Angela Hewitt

Unfortunately the NHS are not making it easy to get the flue jab. long queues, not enough dates offered and then only for 2-3 hours. Over 60’s still have to work – they are not retired with time on their hands.

jo29154

Maybe if the 60- 65 year olds got free flu jabs the intake would be higher

Rhos yr Alarch

It is possible to have the jab at a pharmacy, which is usually a quicker process. It is mentioned in the article, but a little tucked away…

johnr

Had a real result at the Cowes Clinic Saturday, happened to walk in and ask the receptionist when they were doing the Flu jab, was asked if I was legible, a couple of questions and was asked to take a seat, 4 to 5 mins later I was called in given jab and I was gone, total time 12 to 15mins.

Dalek

I think I’ll risk it without thanks. Last time someone in my family had a flu jab they were of work for three weeks.

Angela Hewitt

Flue jab is free for 60 – 65’s. But it is a different type of flue jab.