A campaign to encourage NHS staff to receive the annual influenza vaccination is being launched in Wales.
The Flu Fighter campaign, which is run by the NHS Employers organisation, is being rolled-out throughout Wales after its previous success in England.
It has been credited with helping increase frontline staff vaccinations in England by 108,000 between 2011 and 2013. A record 45.6% of NHS staff were vaccinated against flu last winter.
In comparison, the vaccination was received by 35.5% of staff in Wales during winter 2012-13.
Under the campaign, NHS organisations throughout Wales will receive expert advice and resources tailored to raise local awareness. Materials will be provided in both the Welsh and English language.
The campaign in Wales follows agreement between Public Heath Wales and NHS Employers.
NHS Employers chief executive Dean Royles said: “I’m convinced staff will embrace the creative side of flu fighter. If we get it right, more staff than ever before will be protected.”
Dr Richard Roberts, head of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Programme at Public Health Wales, said: “Health boards and trusts have been making steady progress in improving staff uptake of flu vaccine over several years, and the flu fighter stickers, posters and flyers and social media activities will help boost those efforts.
“We hope that many more staff will be convinced that annual flu vaccination will help protect themselves and those they care for from flu,” he added.
More than half of nurses who answered our annual survey earlier this year said they intended to have the influenza vaccine this year.
Of the 2,155 respondents who answered a question on the annual flu jab, 55% said they intended to get vaccinated, while 35% said they did not. A further 10% said they were unsure.
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