October 11 2019
Southampton NHS Treatment Centre are tackling flu this winter by offering a free flu vaccination to all their colleagues. They are encouraging all patients and visitors are get their vaccination before visiting the hospital, to help make the treatment centre a flu free zone.
“If you’re due for surgery it is safe to have your flu jab beforehand, provided it is at least two weeks before you are due to come to hospital,” said Andrew Oakerbee, acting director at Southampton NHS Treatment Centre. It is also safe to have a flu vaccination after surgery, but the advice is to leave it for at least two weeks after discharge.
He added: “We are encouraging all our patients and visitors to be vaccinated before they visit us, and we have offered every single member of staff a free flu shot. This way, we aim to avoid flu throughout the busy winter period so that we avoid unnecessary cancellations of procedures.”
The care team at Southampton NHS Treatment Centre advises people to take action if they experience the early signs of flu, which include a cough, sore throat, general aches and pains and a fever of above 38ºC. They also advise 7 things to do to fend off flu:
It is worth remembering that colds and flu are caused by viruses, so cannot be treated with antibiotics which are designed for bacterial infections.