Once again, the flu vaccination campaign aimed at hospital staff is underway. The aim is to protect both the professionals themselves and their families, as well as the patients treated at the hospital. After the intense and successful COVID-19 vaccination campaign that has been carried out this year, the flu vaccine will provide added protection and help make the hospital a safer place, increasing its capacity to deal with both diseases and avoiding the risk of complications from co-infection.
The vaccination of healthcare professionals forms part of the campaign that is launched each autumn in the health system to vaccinate the most vulnerable people and reduce the incidence of the virus in high-risk groups as far as possible: people over 60 years old, pregnant women, healthcare professionals, and people with underlying medical conditions who are considered to be at higher risk, and those who live with them. People in these groups have a twofold increased risk of mortality from co-infection with influenza and SARS-CoV-2.
The vaccination of the hospital staff will be carried out in mobile units that will travel between the Hospital's four sites over the course of the next few weeks. The Occupational Risk Prevention Service and the Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology Service are leading and coordinating this campaign.