Dedicated FLUperheroes help to fight flu

A new brand of champion has been emerging across Greater Manchester, as health professionals roll up their sleeves to join the FLUperheroes.

FLUperheroes are dedicated staff, from Pennine Care, who have said enough is enough and had their flu vaccine to protect vulnerable people.

Oldham FLUperheroesTo date (at 30 October) 1,578 community and mental health staff have had a vaccine to help stop flu from spreading over the winter months.

Many of the people they come into contact with on a daily basis are vulnerable - particularly young children, older people and those with a long-term condition or weakened immune system.

For these people, the infections and complications that can be caused by flu can be severe and sometimes fatal.

Evidence also shows that up to a quarter of healthcare professionals may become infected, so the vaccine keeps patients safe and makes sure staff remain healthy and fit to work.

That’s why Pennine Care has been encouraging staff, regardless of their role, level, or where they’re based, to have their vaccine and join the FLUperheroes.

Claire Molloy flu

The Trust’s senior board members have been leading by example, including Claire Molloy, Chief Executive; Henry Ticehurst, Medical Director and Jackie Stewart, Interim Executive Director of Nursing and Healthcare Professionals.

Claire Molloy said: “I’ve been visiting lots of services and staff across the entire Trust as part of my first few months in post, so I feel it’s vital to do my bit to stop flu from spreading.

“I would encourage all healthcare professionals to get their vaccine done and reduce the risk of harming those who would be severely affected by flu this winter.”

Henry Ticehurst said: “It’s good to see so many staff having their vaccine, it’s important that we all do our bit to look after the wellbeing of our local communities. That’s why I had mine as early as possible.”

Henry Ticehurst fluWith many more vaccination sessions planned across the Trust between now and Christmas, the number of FLUperheroes watching out for people is only set to increase.

Staff who have already joined the cause have been sharing pictures on social media using #ImaFLUperhero. There is a dedicated album on Pennine Care’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/penninecareNHSFT 

A flu vaccination is also available free of charge to members of the public who are in an ‘at risk’ group, such as young children, those who are aged over 65, pregnant, or who have a long term condition.  People should speak to their GP for more information.

Further information about the flu vaccine, along with a wealth of tips for staying well this winter, is available at www.nhs.uk/staywell