Healthcare workers get flu jab to protect Perth patients

Osborne Park Hospital nurse co-director Marie Slater receives her flu vaccination from clinical nurse specialist Lisa Summers watched on by acting medical co-director Clare Matthews.
Osborne Park Hospital nurse co-director Marie Slater receives her flu vaccination from clinical nurse specialist Lisa Summers watched on by acting medical co-director Clare Matthews.

HOSPITAL staff are leading by example to help protect people across Perth from flu.

The State Government’s Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination campaign rolled out at Osborne Park Hospital this week.

The hospital is aiming for 60 per cent of its staff and volunteers to receive the vaccination.

Nurse co-director Marie Slater said healthcare workers were twice as likely contract the flu compared to non-healthcare workers and there was evidence vaccinating workers could reduce its community spread.

“With the flu season just around the corner and with already higher than normal presentations of flu, I am encouraging all OPH staff and volunteers to protect themselves, as well as their patients and families, by getting their free flu vaccine,” she said.

“We need to protect our vulnerable patients who are at increased risk of complications and death from flu.

“We also recommend those at higher risk in the community such as young children and the elderly vaccinate against the flu.”

The vaccine is available free through immunisation providers, including GP clinics, and community health clinics for eligible at-risk groups including young children, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, pregnant women, people aged 65 years and older and those with chronic medical conditions.