Tower Hamlets council staff offered flu vaccine

Public sector workers are being given flu jabs at work.

The free injections are being offered to all Tower Hamlets council workers and have been advertised on the council’s internal website.

The council said that it was offering the vaccines as part of its “commitment to support staff to improve their health and wellbeing”. It has ordered in 500 does at �5 each for its staff.

Nationally 112 people have died from flu since October and these patients have often had underlying health problems.

In Tower Hamlets there had been 198 cases of people with flu-like symptoms according to figures from the Health Protection Agency.

The funding for the vaccinations has been agreed by top bosses at the council as a “preventative measure” to help staff avoid getting flu.

The council said that the vaccination should protect staff for the whole season and lasts for a year.

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Town Hall bosses have reserved a supply of the vaccines but have advised staff who are keen to get the inoculation to book early as the it has been in high demand.

It will take 15 minutes to give each employee an injection and fill out the necessary paperwork.