With the colder weather setting in and the customary sniffles starting up, FHHS executive director David Blythe is urging locals to follow in the hospital staff�s footsteps and get their flu vaccination.
�Influenza can be a serious illness so it�s particularly important for the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions to be vaccinated,� he said.
Dr Blythe said being sick with the flu could have an effect on unexpected hospital stays or scheduled surgeries.
�Patients need to be fit and well to undergo surgery and there�s nothing more disappointing for a patient than to have their surgery cancelled and rescheduled for a later date due to illness,� he said.
�Often you can�t predict when you�re going to require hospitalisation or surgery, so it�s ideal to stay fit and well all-year round and the flu vaccination gives you the best chance of doing just that.�