Influenza - Vaccine available
03 November 2005
To: All St. Luke's Hospital staff
INFLUENZA VACCINATION FOR HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES
As in previous years, hospital workers, especially those who come in direct contact with patients, will be eligible to receive the influenza vaccine free of charge.
Influenza vaccination will be administered from the Infection Control Unit vaccination clinic at the 5th floor of Karin Grech Hospital (near SCBU ward) on a daily basis (including Sunday):
From: FRIDAY 4th NOVEMBER 2005 to WEDNESDAY 9th NOVEMBER 2005
Between: 09.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
In addition a restricted service has been reserved specifically as follows for:
Nurses finishing their night shift: 07.00 a.m. to 08.00 a.m.
Doctors: 08.00 a.m. to 09.00 a.m.
No vaccination services will be available after 12.30 p.m.
After the 9th November, influenza vaccine will continue to be administered until stocks last during the usual vaccination days, i.e. Tuesdays and Fridays between 10.00 a.m. and noon (however there will be no vaccination service on Friday 11th November due to the Infection Control Conference)
Staff are requested to bring their hospital ID tags with them when coming for vaccination.
It is reminded that the influenza vaccination is contraindicated in persons with allergy to chicken & egg products, to thiomersal and in individuals with previous severe allergic reactions to the vaccine. It is also suggested that the vaccine should be postponed in persons with febrile illness or acute infection.
We have been specifically instructed by the Health Department that:
• all vaccines are to be administered only in the Infection Control Unit clinic.
• requests for vaccines to be passed on to third parties should not be entertained.
• there is no need for staff working in St. Luke's Hospital to request vaccines for family members over 55 years old years, as these can utilise the vaccination services at the health centres or the home service provided by MMDNA for the housebound.
Dr. M. A. Borg
Consultant (Hospital Infection Control)