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Posted: Wednesday 16 May 2018

Large increase in flu jab take-up

Children and families across the world to benefit after flu jab take-up rockets at Locala


By getting a jab to keep flu at bay, more than 850 Locala colleagues have also helped children across the world to receive vaccinations against serious illness.

In total, 877 members of Locala staff had their flu jab this Winter – that’s more than 70% of the frontline workforce, a huge rise on the 16% who had the jab in Winter 2016/17.

Locala joined up with Unicef to support its “Get a jab, Give a Jab” campaign – meaning for every flu jab given, Locala would donate 100 tetanus vaccinations to Unicef’s campaign – that means 87,700 children will now receive vaccinations.

Chief Executive, Karen Jackson, said: “The support for this flu jab campaign is a massive credit to colleagues who decided to have the jab this Winter to help protect themselves, their families and friends, and of course our patients.

“Our Members Council decided to support Unicef’s campaign this year so that the flu jabs benefitted not only our local community by helping prevent the spread of the illness in West Yorkshire, but also benefitted other communities across the world.”

The rise in take-up of the flu jab among Locala colleagues was one of the highest rises among health organisations across England this year.

The vaccination programme was carried out by peer vaccinators - trained Locala colleagues who volunteered to host drop-in sessions or attend team meetings so that colleagues could have their flu jabs.