The flu jab: have you had yours? NHS staff flu vaccination film 2018


(upbeat music) – [Man] The flu jab made me ill. I’m not having it again. – [Woman] Yeah, I don’t ever get the flu. I don’t need the jab. – [Man] I think if you have
a good diet and exercise, you don’t need to. – [Man] Well, I don’t
need to have the flu jab. I had it last year. – [Man] I think there are
many misunderstandings about the flu jab. All healthcare workers within the NHS are fully aware of how many patients are coming to a hospital over
the winter and the flu season and many of these would
be secondary to flu. The flu jab is a dead bit of the flu. Therefore in itself, it
cannot give people flu, but it triggers the
body’s immune response, so that if you’re unfortunate
enough to be infected, your body’s ready to be able to fight it. The effectiveness of the flu jab varies year to year. It’s based on the particular flu virus and the flu jab is then
generated and manufactured based on that seasonal variation, and sometimes we get that exactly right and that can be a very high
effectiveness of the flu jab, and sometimes it’s not so good. You hear people blame,
‘well after the flu jab, I got the flu’. That’s often not the case. You just happen to have had a cold. The flu is very different to a cold. The flu causes a much higher temperature for a prolonged period of time and there is this intense achiness, lethargy, weakness,
that comes with the flu that’s not seen with the common cold. When I have my flu jab
and do feel a bit achy, and you can often have
a bit of an achy arm, but that’s a good thing because I know then that
my body is reacting in the way that I want it to to be able to produce that immune response to stop me from getting the flu. – [Woman] We’re pretty
physically close to our patients when we look after them,
without us being aware that we’re passing on the flu to them. Sometimes we might have the flu and still feel healthy. Yes, you can pass it on to people without you being aware
that you’ve got it. The flu virus can live outside the body because when you have it,
or you might not even be aware that you have it, and you
sneeze or touch somewhere without other people knowing
that you’ve got the flu virus, other people goes around and touch it and it stays there up to two hours. Patients that are compromised due to their health
problem and elderly people, young people as well, they’re vulnerable to catch the flu. – [Man] There are many reasons why all of us working in the NHS should have the flu jab. The most obvious one
is that it, of course, protects yourself from being ill. Over the winter period,
during the flu season as health care workers,
we’re obviously in contact with people who may well have the flu. And there’s no way of knowing other than doing swabs if they are ill because of flu. Our children, our loved ones may not have chronic conditions and so are not eligible to
have the flu jab themselves and so they are at risk of getting it from us. We are at risk of giving
it to our patients. Patients have not come here to become ill. – [Woman] It should be a necessity as a security for patients and to protect patients from the flu. You need to be protected. – [Man] If the person
hadn’t had a flu jab, there is a possibility
that you could transfer your flu to me. – [Man] If there was a major flu outbreak in the region of our local hospital, many of the people in the population would get flu because so
would many of our staff. If staff are ill with flu, clearly they wouldn’t be able to work. If our staff can’t work, we then don’t have the capacity
within the organisation to be able to look after the
increased number of patients that would also be
coming into the hospital. So it becomes a double risk. – [Woman] We have nurses
that have been trained to give flu jabs in most of the wards now, which makes it much easier
for nurses. You come onto the wards
now and give it to staff that need to have the flu virus, which has increased the numbers of staff having their flu jab
compared to previously when they had to go to
the occupational health (department) or go to their GP and have it. They can come anytime
and have their flu jab. It’s very important for
staff to have the flu jab soon rather than waiting for the season to come in January when it’s very bad. – [Man] From a very early age, I’ve always been aware of
how dangerous flu can be. Sadly in the 1950’s, my mother’s sister had a very short illness
of only a couple of days, only six months after
getting married actually, and she died. And she died of flu. And of course in those
days, there was no flu jab. There were no treatments for flu, and so I’ve always been
aware on a personal level how dangerous flu can be. And it’s always been something
that’s been very close to my mind to ensure that I protect myself and I encourage staff that I work with within the NHS and colleagues and friends who are eligible for the flu jab to make sure that they
get themselves treated. (upbeat music)

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