Statement from the HSE to all Health and Social Care Professionals to Avail of the Flu Vaccine

Dr Kevin Kelleher, Assistant National Director of Health and Wellbeing, HSE has been in contact with CORU to help pass on information to health and social care professionals on the importance of getting the flu vaccine.

Statement to all healthcare workers to avail of the flu vaccine Flu can be transmitted from one day before developing symptoms, during which time you could infect your family, colleagues and vulnerable patients.

Dear Colleague,

Flu is a highly infectious viral illness that can be life threatening. As a healthcare worker, you are up to 10 times more likely to get the flu.

Flu can be transmitted from one day before and for 5-7 days after developing symptoms, during which time you could infect your family, colleagues and vulnerable patients. The best way to protect yourself from the flu and prevent you spreading the flu virus is to get the flu vaccine.

For those at high risk, including your patients, flu can be fatal. Elderly and at-risk patients respond less well to the flu vaccine so it is important that those who care for them are vaccinated.

As healthcare workers we all have a duty of care to protect our patients. High flu vaccine uptake rates among staff have been shown to reduce flu related complications including death among vulnerable patients. We are asking all our healthcare worker colleagues to get the flu vaccine to protect our patients.

Please contact your local peer vaccinator, line manager or local occupational health department to get the flu vaccine. 

Further information about flu vaccination is available at: http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/hcpinfo/fluinfo/.