NHS staff at Windsor's King Edward VII Hospital have been getting their own flu jabs as part of the ongoing drive to keep people well this winter.

As healthcare workers and employees of the NHS, it is important that staff are vaccinated not only to protect themselves but also those who they may come into contact with.

Jo Greengrass, Associate Director of Nursing and Quality for East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “It is our strong belief that even if you do not work in a patient-facing role, all NHS staff can play a pivotal part in protecting their communities over winter by having their flu vaccination as well as having good hand hygiene.

“If we are ill as a result of flu, we are not able to play our part.

“If enough people in a community are vaccinated, it is harder for the flu to pass between those who have not been vaccinated.”

Flu occurs every year and is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly.

People eligible for the free flu vaccination are children aged two to nine, pregnant women, people over 65 or in care homes, carers, people with long term conditions or of course healthcare workers.