There were thousands of possible winners after Waikato District Health Board recorded another high turnout for staff receiving influenza vaccinations this year. A big thank you to all 81 per cent of our staff that chose to vaccinate.
Chief Executive Dr Nigel Murray was very pleased with the uptake of influenza vaccine amongst our staff this year.
“I hope we can increase our coverage in 2017 for the benefit of our staff and the patients and community they care for. Influenza is a serious disease that causes hospitalisations and deaths among our community,” said Dr Murray.
“Getting vaccinated against it every year, in addition to good personal hygiene, are the best ways to protect yourself and those around you.”
“I want to thank all staff that participated and also those involved with organising the vaccination programme. Although influenza season wasn’t officially declared it shouldn’t mean we become complacent and don’t get vaccinated the next year.”
Medical Officer of Health Dr Felicity Dumble who led the vaccination programme says “You need to get vaccinated every year as the protection provided weakens over time and the strains of influenza virus that are circulating can change from year to year.”
“This year we had a particularly mild season but we cannot predict how mild or severe next year will be. We do undertake surveillance and monitor the flu season experienced in the northern hemisphere but we can’t be complacent,” said Dr Dumble.
As part of the influenza vaccination promotion to staff, Noel Leeming provide spot prizes throughout the campaign and at the end of the campaign, they hand over a $500 gift voucher for one lucky staff member whose name is drawn from the list of staff vaccinated.
Waikato Hospital Ward E2 registered nurse Leanne Browne was the lucky person drawn for the prize. She was thrilled with the voucher and is treating it as her early Christmas present.
“I get vaccinated to keep myself, my family and my patients safe,” said Leanne.
“Thanks heaps Noel Leeming!.”
Once again, a big thanks to all staff that got vaccinated, it was a huge effort to reach 81 per cent. Lets not get complacent about this serious disease and make sure we carry on the great team effort and do it again next year.