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Young Kildare woman Sandra Kelly is the picture of self-confidence. But behind her good looks and bright smile, she bears all the mental scars of life with a stutter.
Getting the flu jab is even more important this year as we desperately need to shield our hospitals and help reduce the burden on our health service. Vaccination of healthcare workers has been shown to reduce flu-related deaths by up to 40%.
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early March, former nurse Helen Behan knew that she couldn’t sit back and watch. Instead, she joined the thousands of people who returned to the health service to help cope with the virus. The thing that sets the Co Meath woman apart from her colleagues was the fact that during her stint working in the COVID-19 Assessment Unit in Drogheda, she found out that she had been nominated for a best supporting actress gong at both the British Academy Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) and an Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA).
Martin Smith, the ‘flu champion’ at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, was full of praise for the efforts of his colleagues, nearly 92% of whom opted to get the vaccine last winter, earning the hospital a national award.
Fifteen-year-old Glyn O’Connor walked back through the doors of his secondary school in Waterford on September 29th, a few weeks after his classmates. But it was a delayed trip that his family thought he would never get to make just three months earlier.
Deborah is the flu champion for St Anne's House and St Martin’s House in Falcarragh, Co. Donegal where 100% of staff opted to get the vaccine last season / during the 2019/2020 influenza season to protect themselves and others, earning them a national award.
We need to support our workforce who have experienced significant increases in demand, and have been doing 'more with less' over the last number of years.