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A record number of flu shots have been given to Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) staff this year with more than 6,000 vaccinations administered since April, in the lead up to flu season.
Executive Director, PAH-QEII Health Network, Dr Michael Cleary said 75 per cent of PAH staff were now vaccinated against the flu including doctors and nurses, and allied health, administrative and operational services staff.
“This year, we’ve had an amazing uptake of staff accessing our free flu vaccination program and have reached our vaccination target early,” he said.
“Thank you to the PAH Infection Control team who did an outstanding job administering a record number of flu vaccinations this year.”
While the free flu vaccination program for staff at the hospital has ended, it’s not too late for staff who didn’t receive a shot to get vaccinated.
“If you didn’t receive a flu vaccination at work, you can still contact your local GP or pharmacy to protect yourself before the flu season hits,” Dr Cleary said.
But there is more staff can do to stop the spread of flu.
“Getting vaccinated is our first defence in the lead up to flu season, but infection control and hand hygiene is still the best way to keep our patients safe,” he said.
“Remember to wash your hands and stay home if you are sick.”