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Have you had your flu jab?

25 September, 2017

Have you had your flu jab?

Midwives, nurses and other frontline healthcare workers are being urged to have the seasonal flu jab this winter.

Public Health England’s chief nurse Viv Bennett wrote to health bodies and employers on 20 September to encourage their members to get vaccinated.

She said that while she was pleased with the increase in uptake of the vaccine last year, she would like to see even more frontline staff vaccinated this year to help protect themselves and their families, as well as the most vulnerable people in their care.

Figures show that 63.2% of frontline staff were immunised against influenza last year compared to 50.6% the year before.

The letter goes on to emphasise flu immunisation as the most effective method to help protect against infection.

It also highlights part of the NMC code that requires registrants to ‘take all reasonable personal precautions necessary to avoid any potential health risks to colleagues, people receiving care and the public’.

A fact sheet on the national influenza programme was included with the letter and can be accessed here.

Further information on the programme is available for staff on the PHE website and the NHS Employers website.

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