Leeds nurse,  Jo Snellin has been awarded a top medical title for her work combating UK winter flu bugs. She is one of just a few people who have been given the title of “flu fighter” for her work.

The district nurse for Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust was given the award in recognition of the support she has given to the national NHS staff flu vaccination campaign.

She was one of 28 people across the country to be honoured after improving uptake of the vaccine by promoting it amongst staff, addressing concerns and dispelling myths. Jo also took the time out to take the important jab to those who couldn’t make the planned sessions.

Jo was presented with her award at the NHS Employers National Conference in Liverpool  by the organisation’s director Dean Royles.

Jo said: “I am delighted by the recognition. But more importantly by raising awareness of the flu vaccine and the benefits amongst colleagues it means they are protecting themselves and the patients they care for.”

Rob Webster, chief executive of Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, added: “Jo has done a tremendous job to raise awareness of the importance of the seasonal flu vaccination and it’s great that her efforts have been recognised.

“We encourage as many frontline staff as possible to have a flu jab because we know it offers the greatest protection to our patients and the community against flu.”