Milton Keynes school staff get the needle

More than 60 Denbigh School staff rolled up their sleeves and opted to have the flu jab in a bid to help stop the virus and its symptoms affecting its employees.

Lloyds Pharmacy staff visited the school to administer the vaccination.

Adhering to NHS guidelines, that recommend that the vaccine is given in the Autumn before the virus starts circulating, Headteacher Andy Squires said:

“The flu is highly infectious and, due to their high-risk environment, we took the decision to protect our staff.

We are confident that this vaccine will offer protection from catching the virus and, as it is not available free to all on the NHS, this innovative step in our profession will ensure that all of our staff benefit. It not only means improving health and well-being, but will benefit all with the smoother running of the School.”

In some parts of the country primary school children are being offered the vaccine by the NHS, as part of a test programme. This will gradually extend to include older children over the next few years.