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Health trusts’ free flu jabs keep staff off the sick list

first_imgHealth trusts’ free flu jabs keep staff off the sick listOn 18 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Health trusts which offered employees free flu jabs say they will repeat theexercise next year after avoiding high levels of staff sickness.HR managers say it is impossible to judge exactly how effective thevaccinations were. But they say the number of staff reporting sick with flu hasnot been as high as expected, and urged the private sector to follow suit.Nigel Youngman, deputy human resources director at Norfolk Mental HealthcareTrust, said: “We have not had any undue problem with flu. We did provideflu jabs free to any of our staff who wanted them in October.”It was the first year we have done it and about 230 staff out of 1,800took that up. I believe a fair proportion of those were nursing staff.”It is difficult to tell to what extent it has been successful but Ithink we would be keen to repeat it.”John Adsett, head of personnel project development at Basildon and ThurrockGeneral Hospital Trust, said it also offered free vaccinations last October.”We were particularly targeting nursing staff. We have been hit but notas badly as some places.”Vaccine manufacturer Medeva said it sells the jab for around £4 a dose. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more