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Birmingham Children’s Hospital secures top national spot for flu jabs

Our Flu team

Birmingham Children’s Hospital has been ranked the top hospital in the country for vaccinating its front line staff against flu.

According to figures published by the Department of Health today, 95.7% of its front line staff were vaccinated, over 30% higher than the national figure (63.4%). The six month campaign kicked off in September 2016 and involved a ‘jab-a-thon’, where more than 1,000 staff received their vaccinations in the first week.

The innovative Get a Jab, Give a Jab campaign saw 10 vaccines donated via Unicef for every flu jab, which means the hospital’s efforts have secured over 28,000 tetanus vaccinations for children and expectant mothers in Africa. Tetanus is a swift and painful disease and kills 58,000 newborns, as well as a significant number of pregnant women, each year around the world.

Having recently integrated with Birmingham Women’s Hospital to form Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, this year’s campaign ran across both hospitals, with the Women’s also securing a record uptake of 68% front line staff vaccinated. This means together the hospitals have managed to secure around 40,000 tetanus vaccines in total.

Mary Hobin, Head of Nursing and lead for the flu campaign at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We are so proud of all of our incredible staff for taking responsibility to protect themselves, our women, children and families, their colleagues and their own families from flu.

“As we well know, flu can be a nasty and sometimes life-threatening bug, especially for the vulnerable people we care for, so it’s really important we do everything we can to protect everybody who walks through our doors.

“This year’s campaign really hit home with many of us and has meant we could do even more to protect not just women, children and families in this country, but mums and babies in Africa too.”

At Birmingham Children’s Hospital, approximately one in three of its young patients are unable to have their own flu jab, either due to their age, condition or treatment. If some of these vulnerable people were to catch the flu, they can be up to 50 times more likely to die than a healthy person.

The flu jab is not compulsory for NHS staff but is an important part of delivering the best patient care and hugely reduces the risk of patients getting the virus.

The Trust is already busy planning its 2017 winter campaign, across the two hospital sites. 

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