Frontline health staff get swine flu jab

Doctors, nurses and social services staff will all be vaccinated

Swine flu vaccinations for health and social workers have started in Luton.

The first 500 frontline workers are being immunised to reduce the risk of infection to the most susceptible people in the community and ensure that care services are not affected by staff off sick with the illness.

GPs, practice nurses, community matrons, district, paediatric and school nurses from NHS Luton will be vaccinated initially over a two week period.

And Luton Borough Council will offer jabs to social services staff who care for the frail elderly and people with disabilities.

First to be vaccinated was Dr Baz Barhey of Luton's Woodland Avenue surgery.

He said: "In the vast majority of cases swine flu is a mild illness. However, for some vulnerable groups it can be more serious. Frontline health and social care staff are preparing to deal with rising numbers of affected people and therefore need protection from falling ill themselves.

"I urge anyone in a priority group for swine flu vaccination to have their jab when they are invited. This includes pregnant women, and anyone under 65 who usually has a seasonal flu injection."