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Midwives urged to get flu jab

26 September, 2016

Midwives urged to get flu jab

Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging frontline healthcare workers to have the flu jab, after a drop in numbers last year.

Just 50.6% were immunised again influenza last winter, compared to 54.9% for 2014/15  

The letter, from Viv Benett, chief nurse at PHE, was sent out to health bodies and employers on 16 September.

It says: ‘For this coming winter it is important that we reverse this decline, and aim for a much higher uptake both to protect our families and communities, but also reduce the impact of the virus on our health services at a time of year we need them the most.’

She also stresses that midwives have ‘a responsibility to do every possible to protect patients against infection’.

PHE has published a factsheet on immunisation, which is hosted on the RCM website.

It says: ‘Flu causes severe illness and deaths each year particularly among at-risk groups, including: older people; pregnant women; and those with a long-term health condition, even one that is well managed.

‘This is why flu vaccination is offered to the at-risk groups each year before the flu virus starts to circulate.’

To read the fact sheet, click here.

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