The government’s head of immunisation has criticised the attitude of nurses and frontline NHS staff towards vaccination.
Department of Health director of immunisation Professor David Salisbury was responding to questions about the low take-up of the seasonal flu vaccine, after the figures showed just 26% of frontline NHS workers had received it.
Professor Salisbury told Nursing Times there were “cultural issues” among healthcare workers “about vaccination that have got to be dealt with”.
He said: “You still hear health workers saying: ‘I didn’t have it because it gave me flu when I had it some years ago’, which we know it can’t do, and: ‘Oh, I had the most terribly sore arm’.
“Well maybe they did, but it may also save your life and it may also save someone else’s life. We have got to be better at communicating why they need to be vaccinated. It has not proved easy so far.”