HEALTHCARE staff are rolling up their sleeves to reduce the spread of flu.
All 9,000 staff at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have been offered the flu vaccine to protect themselves, their patients and their families.
Flu is a highly-contagious infection and can be extremely serious for some people, such as the elderly and vulnerable patients in hospital.
NHS staff are more likely to be exposed to the virus.
Healthcare bosses are also urging at-risk members of the public, such as pregnant women, pensioners, carers and those with long-term medical conditions, to arrange a flu jab through their GP. For the first time, children aged two and three are also being offered the vaccination.