Leadership message from Dorothy Hosein, Chief Executive

Dorothy Hosein

I hope that you are all well and staying safe as we start ramping up our preparations for the winter. I’m sure you don’t need reminding but please continue to protect yourselves and each other against COVID-19 – although the threat may have reduced, it certainly hasn’t gone away, so keep looking after yourselves.

Today though, I’m switching my focus from coronavirus to another serious and potentially fatal illness – the flu.

The flu virus kills around 11,000 people during an average year in England – but I’m sure you’ll agree that 2020 has been far from average in any way.

That is why it is more important than ever that we all take up the offer to have the free flu jab in the run up to winter to protect ourselves, our families and our patients.

I know that this year we have all had other things on our minds and having the vaccination might not be your first priority. But I really can’t stress to you enough how vital it is – not just for you as an individual, but for your family and the people you love, as well as for our patients. The flu can be very serious or even fatal and you can pass it on without even having symptoms – but safeguarding yourselves and others is quick and easy. Over the coming months we’ll be offering the vaccination to each and every one of you, and will be running local flu clinics to make it as simple and convenient as possible for you to get protected. This year, we are also able to offer an egg-free anti-allergen vaccination for the very first time, so please do let your vaccinator know if you’d like to take that option.

Please don’t be under any illusion that flu is not a threat because coronavirus is still circulating within our communities. On the contrary, a flu outbreak coupled with a potential second wave of COVID-19 could have incredibly serious consequences and is something we all need to be conscious of.

So please – the message is simple. The threat may be invisible but the protection against it is clear. Get the flu jab.

Dorothy Hosein
Chief Executive

Published 10th September 2020

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