Survey: More than half of nurses plan to have flu jab
More than half of nurses who answered our survey said they intended to have the influenza vaccine this year.
The result indicates that around 10% more nurses are likely to have the vaccine than last year and would be the first year that more than half of NHS nursing staff had done so.
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.
Earlier this month, NHS England chief nursing officer Jane Cummings and Department of Health director of nursing Viv Bennett signed an open letter urging nurses and midwives to have the jab.
Ministers have also told acute trusts applying for a share of a £250m fund to ease accident and emergency pressures they must ensure at least 75% of staff have been vaccinated this year.
A record 45.6% of NHS staff were vaccinated against flu last winter, according to NHS Employers, which runs the annual “flu fighter” campaign in support of the staff vaccine programme.
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