Julie Reade a Health Care Assistant in Accident and Emergency at Good Hope Hospital, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, became the 4000th patient-facing frontline staff to have the flu vaccination. Julie said she made the decision six years ago when she started in healthcare to have the annual vaccination, to make sure that she is protected, and has never had the flu in that time.
She knows how important it is to be protected and to protect others, particularly as she works in A&E, where she is in contact with many different people; patients, visitors and staff. Dealing with a lot of elderly patients, Julie knows the heightened risk of passing on the flu virus to them and understands the many difficult complications that can happen if the virus is spread.
Julie said, “When I joined the Trust I had to have several different injections as part of the criteria to work here, I think the flu jab is that important, that it should also be on the list. I also know that The Green Book recommends that as a healthcare worker I should get vaccinated.”
Join your colleagues here at the Trust and the other 422,000 frontline healthcare workers nationally, who have had their jabs and get the vaccination, protecting yourself, and vulnerable patients this winter while keeping NHS services running as normal.