Pro boxer gets jabbed in Queen's hospital lobby
PUBLISHED: 17:40 29 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:40 29 September 2014
A professional boxer took a jab of a very different kind in Queen's Hospital's atrium today.
Ollie Pinnock, from Leigh, Essex, stepped into the ring with trust boss Matthew Hopkins to encourage staff at the Rom Valley Way hospital and King George in Goodmayes to get the flu vaccine.
The jab is not compulsory, but Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) wants as many of its staff as possible to be vaccinated.
Medical director Stephen Burgess, said: “We are working hard to increase the uptake of the flu vaccination in our hospitals.”
He added: “Last year was a mild flu season, but a bigger outbreak is always possible. We want our staff to be protected so that they can’t carry the virus or pass it to each other or onto our vulnerable patients.
“Vaccinations really can save the lives of our patients, our staff and their families.”
As many as 600 people die each year from complications caused by flu.
Certain members of the public are entitled to flu jabs on the NHS. They include pregnant women, everyone over 65 and those with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.