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The 2019 staff Flu vaccination campaign launched on Monday 15 April with a steady flow of staff heading down to the Russell Strong Auditorium to 'Hit me with a flu shot' because the flu doesn't fight fair.
A/CNC for Infection Control, Carly Roberts said everyone needs to stay one step ahead of the flu and get vaccinated because it’s the best protection for you, your family, our colleagues and our vulnerable patients.
"We vaccinated 711 staff at our launch on Monday, that’s 175 more than launch day last year which is very exciting!" Carly said.
“We’re hoping to smash our record set from last year of just over 6000 vaccinations and this year, we are reliably informed that a national shortage is unlikely to ruin our shot at the record...pun intended."
A record 8,281 Queenslanders have been diagnosed with influenza this year to date which isn't a good sign for the coming winter peak.
Carly said the most important advice for everyone to accompany the message of vaccination is always practise good cough etiquette by covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough into your elbow, wash your hands regularly and stay home if you’re sick.
"Flu is a serious business and the staff flu vaccination campaign is a great start for protecting colleagues, patients and community.
We are determined to have some fun along the way to beating our staff vaccination record by playing some Pat Benatar classics while 'hitting our staff with a flu shot' ...and a lollypop to take on their way."