This year, #jabathon takes place from 6 -10 November and asks NHS and social care staff to share their reasons for getting the flu jab. The aim is to encourage conversations around the flu vaccination that will inspire healthcare workers to get their jab.
Work in health & social care? Take part in #jabathon during 6-10 November
Join our Thunderclap
Sign up to this year's #jabathon Thunderclap to allow for one simultaneous pre-approved tweet to be sent from your account on 6 November at 8.45am. Last year the majority of NHS trusts, Royal College of Nursing, NHS Confederation and nearly 200 others joined our Thunderclap.
The tweet says:
Join #jabathon this week! Share why you had your #flu jab and nominate two colleagues to do the same #flufighter http://thndr.me/GnlFpE
Nominate your colleagues
Get involved in #jabathon by sharing why you got your flu jab and nominate two colleagues to get theirs.
Example tweet: I'm proud to be a #flufighter to protect myself & the patients I take care of every day. I nominate @Nominee1 @Nominee2 #jabathon
What can organisations do to push #jabathon?
Use our free resources to show your support and promote #jabathon, a campaign to encourage conversations about the importance of the flu jab in health and social care staff which takes place from 6-10 November.
Sign your organisation up to our #jabathon thunderclap which will tweet the following message on 6 November:
Join #jabathon this week! Share why you had your #flu jab and nominate two colleagues to do the same #flufighter
Email signature banner
To use the banner right click on image and select 'save picture as' or 'save target as'. You can then link the banner to our #jabathon webpage.
Place a #jabathon twibbon onto your Twitter account to show that you and your organisation are supporting #jabathon. It's free, and takes only two clicks to get onto your account.
Use this text on your communications channels to promote #jabathon to staff:
We are supporting #jabathon, a campaign that encourages NHS and social care staff to share their reasons for getting the flu jab. The aim of the campaign is to inspire conversations around why it is important to get the flu jab. Take part by tweeting your reasons for getting the flu jab during #jabathon week from 6-10 November on hashtag #jabathon. Find out more about the campaign on the jabathon website.
Get involved on Twitter
During jabathon, share your stories about why the flu vaccine is important to you and staff on our hashtag #jabathon. Could you arrange for your medical director, director of nursing or your chief executive to have their jab and share a picture on #jabathon?
Help encourage staff to get their flu jab and ask them to nominate others to do the same - you may want to suggest they use this example tweet:
I’m a #flufighter to protect the patients I take care of every day. I nominate @Nominee1 @Nominee2 #jabathon
Throughout the week we will also be featuring a selection of tweets on @NHSflufighter account and our website, so make sure to get tweeting!
Could you hold an event during #jabathon to spread the word? Organisations have created a buzz in the past by vaccinating their local sports team! If you are planning something special, email us to let us know.
Why flu matters
NHS Employers have created a dedicated webpage for staff, which contains facts about flu, the vaccine and clinical evidence. Share www.nhsemployers.org/flumatters with staff to help them make an informed choice about having the flu jab.
To keep up to date with the #jabathon conversation follow @NHSflufighter on Twitter.
See a round-up of last year's #jabathon