15 / 10 / 2015 10.22am
When launching the flu vaccination programme, it's not uncommon for staff to ask why they should have the vaccination.
The following information and documents provide clinical evidence on why care workers and the wider health care community should have the flu vaccination.
- The Public Health England (PHE) flu plan for winter 2015 / 16 stresses the importance of care workers receiving their flu vaccination.
- The PHE Green Book provides further clinical evidence on previous flu seasons and increased in-depth statistical and technical data on flu.
- The final document is written primarily from an NHS perspective but offers relevant information for a social care setting. This supports the need for flu vaccination among health care workers and has been researched and produced by public health registrar, Oliver Mytton, NHS Berkshire West. Oliver worked in the Chief Medical Officer's department during the influenza pandemic and helped to establish a national surveillance system for influenza deaths. The clinical evidence document was updated in partnership with Public Health England, to reflect the most recent research.
- Jane Ellison MP, Minister for Public Health and Alistair Burt MP, Minister for Community and Social Care, are supporting the campaign to vaccinate those who provide care and support. Following their attendance at the flu fighter Residential Care summit, the ministers have written a blog which urges providers in the care sector to do all they can to make sure that staff are protected against the flu virus, the health risks of flu and why it is important to be vaccinated.