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NHS staff on track for new high in flu jab uptake

At least a third of frontline NHS staff in England have already had this year’s seasonal flu vaccine, according to latest figures.

Data published by Public Health England shows that 318,335 staff were vaccinated between 1 September and 31 October – equivalent to 35% of the frontline workforce.

This compares to 242,760, or 28% of staff, over the same period last year.

NHS Employers, which runs the national Flu Fighter campaign, said the NHS was “on-track” for a new record level of staff vaccination this year.

Dean Royles, chief executive of NHS Employers, said: “This is a great start to the season.”

In total, 45.6% of staff were vaccinated during previous the 2012-13 flu season.

Helen Donovan, public health nursing advisor at the Royal College of Nursing, said: “It’s fantastic to hear that more frontline staff are taking this important step to help themselves, patients, family and colleagues.”

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