As the NHS approaches its busiest time of year, NHS England are encouraging staff to take steps to protect individuals in their care as well as protecting themselves, their colleagues and family by getting a flu jab.
NHS Employers are leading on the national staff flu vaccination campaign and we support them in encouraging all health staff, including doctors, allied health professionals, nurses and midwives to get vaccinated against flu to cut the risk of it spreading to patients and colleagues this winter.
Frontline healthcare workers are more likely to be exposed to the influenza virus, particularly during winter months when some of the people in their care will be infected, so it is vital to reduce the impact of flu to protect patient care. Sir Bruce Keogh (National Medical Director), Jane Cummings (Chief Nursing Officer), and Karen Middleton (Chief Allied Health Professions Officer) have co-written letters to all doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to highlight the importance of the influenza vaccine. More information on this year’s staff facing flu campaign can be found on the NHS Employers website. For more information about flu vaccination and at risk groups access NHS Choices.
Protect yourself your family and your patients – be a flu fighter, get your flu jab.