12 / 9 / 2014 1.46pm
The roll-out of annual staff NHS flu vaccinations is now under way at hospitals, community health and ambulance services and other NHS organisations in England and Wales.
The flu fighter campaign, now in its fourth year and run by NHS Employers, has this month launched a wide range of free, tried-and-tested support and fully updated campaign materials which will continue throughout the flu season.
Organisations throughout the NHS will use this support to run flu fighter activities locally, promoting the importance of the flu vaccination to staff and helping them to access vaccinations conveniently.
The first flu vaccines are expected to be delivered to trusts later this month (September).
The campaign’s goal is to continue increasing the number of NHS staff who choose to be vaccinated against flu. Last year flu fighter helped the NHS to vaccinate 5,000 staff per day, for a total of 534,090 (54.8 per cent) frontline NHS staff. This was up from 359,080 (34.7 per cent) in 2010/11, the flu season before the campaign began. The vaccinations are an important part of this year’s winter planning and can help save lives by keeping the workforce healthy and protecting vulnerable patients.
This year flu fighter is sharing an improved, wider range of case studies to inspire and inform a greater range of NHS teams and organisations. The first of those are now online, along with extensive other information about the support that flu fighter is providing: http://www.nhsemployers.org/campaigns/flu-fighter
Sue Covill, director of employment services at the NHS Employers organisation, said:
“Last year we were finally able to say that over half of all frontline NHS staff were choosing to be vaccinated, which is real cultural shift towards vaccinations becoming commonplace. Over half a million frontline staff now choose to be vaccinated.
“We’re extremely proud of these milestones and of the amazing teamwork and engagement within local NHS organisations, who together make flu fighter one of the most visible campaigns in the NHS calendar. It’s great to give patients the confidence that we’re doing all we can to keep them safe and to keep flu away from the NHS. I really hope as many staff as possible will find time to have these vaccinations, which are proven to be safe and effective.”
NHS Employers has expanded its use of social media to increasingly embed #flufighter in flu conversations across the Twitter network. The social media presence of the campaign continues to encourage feedback from employers and staff about the flu vaccination. More information is available at www.nhsemployers.org/flu
and Twitter (@NHSflufighter).
Notes for editors:
- The NHS Employers organisation is the recognised body for employers in the NHS, supporting them to put patients first. See www.nhsemployers.org for more information.
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