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Flu campaign must fight on

11 November 2011 - 10:01am

NHS organisations are being urged to make flu vaccinations available to all staff, at all times, to keep up momentum on the ‘flu fighter’ campaign this winter.

Members in Northern Ireland: see more resources on flu immunisation.

The call comes in a statement backed by a host of flu fighter ‘ambassadors’ representing 20 major healthcare bodies and unions, including the CSP.

‘The CSP strongly support this campaign and urge all NHS staff and their organisations to make having the flu vaccination standard practice to protect patients and staff,’ council chair Helena Johnson (below left) said.

‘Vulnerable at-risk groups’

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photo: Guzelian

‘By having the flu vaccine, staff will not only protect themselves from flu, but they will also protect their patients, many of whom are in vulnerable at-risk groups.’

NHS Employers is running the campaign on behalf of the Social Partnership Forum. Following the campaign launch in September, the organisation reports that good progress is being made with the vaccination of NHS staff, but ‘we must maintain momentum’.

34% of AHPs had the jab

Last winter only just over a third of frontline health workers were vaccinated against the virus. And the statistics show that 34.2 per cent of allied health professionals had the jab.

Today’s statement says: ‘Last winter little over a third of frontline health workers had a seasonal flu vaccination.  We need this to improve, to ensure we protect our staff and those we care for.

Ask your manager

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‘It is for this reason we support England's first national staff seasonal flu vaccination campaign for NHS staff and urge staff to help protect the millions of patients who pass through our care every week by asking their managers where and when to get vaccinated.’  


NHS Scotland staff are encouraged through local employer-led campaigns run by each of the health boards to get vacccinated for seasonal flu.

photo: NHS Confederation


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