Members of the public are being advised not to visit Llandough Hospital near Penarth where a ward has had to be closed because of an outbreak of influenza.
The news comes just two days after it was revealed that less than half the staff health professionals in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan University Health Board had actually taken up the offer of a winter flu jab – which might have protected them.
The board said it had tried it persuade its own staff to accept an anti-flu injection but by the end of last month more than 52% of staff had not agreed to be immunised and therefore have no protection against the virus – leaving themselves and their patients vulnerable.
Penarth Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies (South Wales Central) has now urged the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board to take action to prevent flu outbreaks in future.
He says a far higher proportion of NHS workers should accept a flu jab
Last year’s influenza vaccine was thought to be less effective in protecting people against the particular strain of virus circulating 12 months ago – but this year’s is said to be a “good match” for influenza A(H3) – which is the strain currently circulating in the community.