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Public Health England has launched their annual public flu vaccination campaign which encourages uptake of the influenza (flu) vaccine among the most at-risk groups. The campaign – across press, radio and online channels – targets people of all ages with a health condition, pregnant women and parents of children aged two to four.
Kate Davies OBE, Head of Public Health, Armed Forces and their Families and Health & Justice Commissioning said: “I would strongly encourage people in the at risk groups and parents of two to four year olds to get their free flu vaccinations to make sure all the family is protected throughout the winter. Ask your GP or pharmacist for details.”
NHS England is also encouraging all health staff to get vaccinated against flu to cut the risk of it spreading to patients and colleagues this winter.
Staff are more likely to be exposed to the influenza virus, particularly during the winter when some patients will be infected, so it is vital to reduce the impact of flu to protect patient care. A tripartite letter supported by National Medical Director and Chief Nursing Officer highlights the importance of the influenza vaccine.
Information on the staff flu campaign can be found on NHS Employers website.