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CSP joins employers to back campaign for physios to get flu jab

Physiotherapists who work with at-risk patients are being urged to get their seasonal flu vaccination as soon as possible to cut the risk of infecting patients.

The Social Partnership Forum, an affiliation involving health trade unions, NHS Employers, and the Department of Health, is leading this year’s ‘flu fighter’ campaign, which asks frontline healthcare workers to improve on last year’s figures when 45 per cent of relevant NHS staff had the jab.

This was an increase of 10 per cent on the previous year’s uptake.

The vaccination rate among ‘other professional qualified clinical staff’, which includes all allied health professionals, scientific and technical staff, and qualified ambulance staff, was 42 per cent last  winter, compared with 58 per cent among GP practice nurses, and 39 per cent among other nurses.

Richard Pebody, the head of flu surveillance at the Health Protection Agency, said healthcare workers should get their flu vaccine as early in the flu season as possible to cut the risk of transmitting flu to their patients.

‘The HCW flu vaccination campaign usually begins around mid-October. If you work with patients then you need to receive the flu vaccination before the flu season begins.’

Dr Helena Johnson, CSP chair of Council, said last year’s increase in vaccination was good, but that there was still a long way to go until all healthcare workers had the jab.

‘The earlier staff receive their vaccination, the better they will protect their patients, themselves, and their families,’ she added.

For more information on the flu vaccine and how it works, see

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Graham Clews

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19 September 2012

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