Free flu jabs to protect council services

By on 14/11/2014 in Deputy Leader, News
Cllr Ian Ward

Cllr Ian Ward

Birmingham City Council staff are again being offered free flu jabs this winter after a pilot scheme last year was labelled a success.

Last winter over 1,000 city council employees were given free flu jabs in a scheme that contributed to a cut in sickness rates by an average of 1.7 days per staff member.

That reduction equates to approximately £2.5 million in savings and Deputy Leader, Cllr Ian Ward, hopes this year’s initiative will have a similar impact.

He said: “Last year’s flu jab scheme proved to be a big success, helping to keep members of staff fit and healthy throughout the winter, protecting frontline services and reducing the cost of absenteeism over the winter months.

“I’ll be having my jab and I would encourage my colleagues to do the same. Flu can be a very serious illness and this is the right thing to do, not only to protect staff but also members of the public who come into contact with Birmingham City Council staff.”

In addition to flu jabs, staff are being offered information on how to protect themselves and their families, sanitising wipes and hand sanitizer.

Flu facts

For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery generally within a week. However, older people, the very young, pregnant women and those with underlying disease are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people may see their GP and tens of thousands may be hospitalised because of flu each winter.

Symptoms of flu can be very unpleasant and can last for several days – flu can lead to more serious complications like pneumonia and bronchitis which need hospital treatment.

The best way to protect yourself, your family and your work colleagues is to get the flu jab.

Those who have long term conditions are among the most at risk from flu – if you’re in an at risk group you are on average 11 times more likely to die than someone who is not in an at-risk group. GP surgery and make an appointment.

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