More health professionals across the NHS are being encouraged to get flu vaccinations.
The first ever national NHS staff flu vaccination campaign is aiming to drive up the number of workers who are given the seasonal jab.
Leaders from the major unions, medical colleges and associations have come together to support the campaign after just 34.7% of front-line staff were vaccinated in 2010.
The drive, which began in September, aims to increase the number of staff being vaccinated to ensure that flu is not spread to colleagues, families and vulnerable patients.
Dean Royles, director of the NHS Employers organisation, said: “We all hope that the staff flu vaccination campaign will be a great success and we are so thankful to the many thousands of staff for getting their jab. The momentum is still strong and we need to build on this because there is an urgent need to get more staff vaccinated before the flu season truly gets underway.
“We hope many more staff will request their jab now to build their immunity.”
The signed joint statement from the major unions, medical colleges and associations is due to be published by the NHS Employers organisation on Tuesday.
“Last winter little over a third of front-line health workers had a seasonal flu vaccination. We need this to improve, to ensure we protect our staff and those we care for. It is for this reason we support England’s first national staff seasonal flu vaccination campaign for NHS staff and urge staff to help protect the millions of patients who pass through our care every week by asking their managers where and when to get vaccinated.”