Extension of NHS seasonal influenza vaccination

Flu is a highly infectious disease which in some cases can lead to serious complications, particularly in people that have long-term health conditions.  As we approach the winter period, it is therefore important that all steps are taken to protect health and social care staff, and the people they care for, from the risks of flu.

That’s why for winter 2017/18, NHS England has worked with partners to extend the flu vaccination programme to:

Health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza (meaning those patients/clients in a clinical risk group or aged 65 years and over).

NHS England is providing up to £10 million to support this. It will complement existing immunisation schemes already in place across health and social care. Some employers will already have a vaccination scheme in place and some staff will already be eligible for free vaccination by being in one of the defined risk groups.

Where can eligible staff get their vaccination?

Most community pharmacies and many GP practices are providing flu vaccinations. We recommend that staff contact their community pharmacy or GP practice to check they are providing the service before attending. For GP practices, this needs to be the member of staff’s registered practice.

What ID should staff take to their pharmacy/GP to be vaccinated?

Eligible staff will need to take appropriate ID which shows their name and their employer such as an ID badge, letter from their employer or a recent pay slip.

We encourage all eligible staff to take up this offer and help protect themselves and the people they care for.