Milton Keynes University Hospital’s annual staff flu campaign – known as Kung Fu the Flu – kicked off on Monday 8 October. The aim of the campaign is to allow as many staff from across the hospital to access a free vaccination to ensure that we better protect ourselves, our patients and our families.
Flu is a highly transmissible infection. For the majority of people who catch it, flu is unpleasant but not life-threatening. Yet for others, it can lead to chest infections, severe complications and even death. Globally, it is estimated that the virus leads to around 3 to 5 million severe illness annually and between 250,000 and 500,000 deaths.
The flu virus can be prevented and we will be doing all that we can to ensure that our staff our appropriately protected, reducing the likelihood of patients developing any further infections. Our wellbeing vaccination team will be available seven days a week, visiting all areas of the hospital and offering the vaccination to all members of staff.
The campaign was developed in 2016 with the name being the outcome of a staff survey and the logo picked from a number of entries following a local schools competition. The Kung Fu the Flu logo will be highly visible across the hospital site over the coming months.
Members of the public, particularly those more vulnerable to picking up the illness such as young children, pregnant mothers and those over the age of 65, are encouraged to get their flu jab. For further details on why you should get your vaccination and for information on where you can receive your vaccination, please see the Milton Keynes CCG website.