Jenny scoops extra day off as jab numbers near 2000

Our HCA Jenny McGuire is the first CHFT colleague to scoop an extra day off after having her winter flu jab for 2018.

Jenny, from ward 8 at HRI, went into the draw along with all the other colleagues who have had their jab so far (draws take place each Weds) to win a day's annual leave. We've already had confirmed cases of 'flu at CRH, so having your vaccination now gives us all a better chance of staying healthy this winter - it's the only protection against the 'flu. Someone will be be selected every week of the campaign. A second prize of £25 high street vouchers was won by James Wickham from ward 5d at Calderdale.

Our lead infection control matron Jean Robinson, (pictured below with Jacob Miah from Endoscopy) said: "As soon as you have the vaccination your body starts to develop a natural immune response so the earlier you have it the better. In some people it can sometimes present with mild 'cold like' symptoms but they only last a day or two... unlike the 'flu which is severe and probably leaves you bedridden!

"It's a common myth that having the jab gives you 'flu. That's just not true - it's classed as inactive, as there is no live vaccine in it".

When Jenny was told she's won this week's prize, her response was "I certainly wasn't expecting that, but I have the vaccination every year to protect me and my patients."

Why not go to a drop-in or talk to an immuniser and it could be you as a winner next week?