Influenza vaccine for hospital Staff - now available - 6/10/2006

06 October 2006

To: All St. Luke's Hospital staff


As in previous years, hospital workers are eligible to receive the influenza vaccine free of charge. This is particularly recommended for healthcare workers who come in direct contact with patients,

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) as follows:
From: FRIDAY 6th OCTOBER 2006 to FRIDAY 13th OCTOBER 2006
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 13th October, 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.

Staff attending for vaccination are requested to bring their hospital ID tags with them.

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)

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