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More NHS staff urged to get flu vaccination


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.”


Readers' comments (5)

  • Flu has been around for years, yet it's only in the last few that the DOH has been desperate to vaccinate health care staff. Its only really because they don't want to pay out to cover them if they become sick. Not because they care at all.

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  • Why should we? Many of us CHOOSE to have the vaccination, but for those that don't then they should be afforded the same respect and rights to free choice as any other patient. Nurses are highly educated professionals, and after reviewing the evidence, both for and against the vaccination, they choose not to have it, then that decision must be respected.

    Saying that, for those who DO choose to have it, why are those at the top not perfecting the dissemination of this vaccination? Many staff still struggle to get it, students especially. So maybe they should get their own house in order before 'urging' anything.

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  • Could it also be that if you DO have the flu jab and everyone else goes off sick because they have not had it and get the flu - then you are the mug who gets to hold the fort.

    Daft, I know, but I do think some staff would prefer to have a life threatening bout of flu rather be left to get on with it when it all goes pearshaped!

    nb i have had the jab - having had flu in the past - i never want to risk it again.

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  • Anonymous 20th nov-2011 1:12pm

    The flu jab is by no means guaranteed to protect you, so you could get it again regardless. There is plenty of evidence stating that it is not as effective as the NHS propaganda suggests. They are lulling people into a false sense of security.

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  • WE as Health Care Professionals should lead by example. All employers Primary/Secondary should offer it to ALL staff Clinical or Administration inc' Student Nurses etc.
    If we do not believe in it how can we except the general public to be vaccinated.

    I would not want to have Flu having experienced family members having it. Anything we can do to protect ourselves and OUR patients should be a good thing after all thats why we do the job, to have a responsibility to provide excellent patient care. Through education we all know the benefits of ANY VACCINATION:- Like we promote Childhood vaccinations to help prevent measles, we should also promote the Flu Jab.

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