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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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Readers' comments (5)

  • We should be left in peace to make our own decision, not constantly hassled and blackmailed into it.

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  • Anonymous | 1-Oct-2013 4:47 pm

    I agree with you. Perhaps if it wasn't for all the heavy-handedness over having the vaccination, then even more would take it up. Next thing will be to encourage all patients and the public to question us if we have it or not, and then refuse to be cared for by those who haven't had it.

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  • This is being pushed by the Gov way too much.
    Maybe there's more to it..
    Maybe its not even a flu jab?

    Seriously...stop bloomin hassling us!

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  • hopefully every nurse will make their own informed decision about vaccination and never feel pushed into it or guilty about their decisions through some external forces or that they have been made to accept something they feel may cause them harm. this is no way for employers to win the trust and collaboration of their staff.

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  • As I've said before on previous posts, this is all about staffing and not wanting to have staff off sick and having to pay for extra bank or agency. The trusts don't care about us or our families, it all comes down to money.

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