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NHS England launches 'Stay well this winter' campaign

15 October, 2015

NHS England launches 'Stay well this winter' campaign

A major drive to help people stay well this winter is being launched by Public Health England and NHS England.

All frontline NHS staff will once again be offered a free flu jab this season in order to protect themselves and patients from infection.

Last year, only 54% of staff were vaccinated. NHS leaders are encouraging staff to take up this offer as part of their duty to protect patients and keep them safe.

Chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said: ‘NHS staff have a duty of care to do everything they can to protect patients – that includes getting vaccinated against the flu so they don’t pass it on. I urge every healthcare worker to make sure they get the jab.’

As in previous years, the adult flu vaccine will also be offered for free to those in groups at particular risk of infection and complications from flu, including pregnant women.

RCM director for midwifery Louise Silverton said: ‘We strongly recommend that pregnant women have the flu vaccination during the flu season (autumn and winter) to protect themselves and their baby from the effects of flu.

‘We also urge midwives and other health professionals to have the vaccination to protect themselves, their family and the people they care for from the infection.

‘The RCM equally encourages pregnant women to have the whooping cough vaccine where possible and if any pregnant woman is unsure about either of these vaccines, I would urge them to speak to their midwife or doctor to discuss the issue.’

As part of the drive this year, the national flu vaccination programme for children will extend to school years 1 and 2, and seeks to help over three million two- to six-year-olds – the largest numbers to yet.

Public Health England is also publishing its Cold weather plan today (15 October), which further aims to help people stay well this winter. 

View further details of the NHS campaign here.

 

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