While Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer, prepared the vaccination, Bruce said:
“Every year thousands of people in England die from flu, but this can be substantially reduced by the right people having the flu jab. This includes NHS employees who have a duty to protect their patients and also their colleagues who are in contact with patients.
“I wish to set an example by having the flu jab first and would expect other healthcare professionals to recognise their professional duty in this regard. Remember a significant proportion of flu is spread by people without symptoms”
For the majority of people who catch it flu is unpleasant, but for some it can lead to chest infections, severe complications and death. In 2010/2011, influenza was the cause of 602 deaths in England and 70% of fatal influenza cases occurred among people aged between 15 and 64. Globally, seasonal flu accounts for about three to five million causes of severe illness annually and between 250,000 and 500,000 deaths.
For more information on the national seasonal flu campaign for NHS staff, visit the NHS Employers website.