20 / 11 / 2014 Midnight
Public Health England today (20 November 2014) published its first monthly NHS staff vaccination figures for this 2014/15 flu season. The figures showed that 340,826 (36.8 per cent) of frontline healthcare workers had influenza vaccinations in September and October 2014 - up from 318,335 (35 per cent) in the same period the previous year.
This is the fourth year that NHS employers has run the annual flu fighter campaign to improve vaccination rates and may become the fourth year running where the campaign has seen an increase.
Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:
“This is an even stronger start than we had last year, when all records were broken and over half a million NHS staff were vaccinated. Every year more staff are choosing this safe, effective vaccination and they know it helps to protect them, their families and their patients.
“Staff and managers within the NHS are doing a great job on this campaign and are very engaged with it. Their local projects to raise awareness and improve access to vaccinations are energetic and creative, and should inspire others both inside and outside the health service.
“It is of course concerning that a large number of NHS staff are still either not choosing to be vaccinated or not finding the time to have it done, but the improving figures speak for themselves and planning is good both nationally and locally."
The annual flu fighter campaign (@NHSflufighter, #flufighter) is run by NHS Employers and supported by the Department of Health and Public Health England. It is once again providing employers with all the resources they need to help their staff run lively local campaigns which promote vaccinations, answer questions and improve access to them. flu fighter is now in its fourth year and helped the NHS to increase frontline staff flu vaccinations from a total of 359,080 (34.7 per cent) in the 2010/11 flu season to 534,090 (54.8 per cent) by the end of the last flu season 2013/14.
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.
- Follow Danny Mortimer on Twitter at @NHSE_Danny and NHS Employers on Twitter at @nhsemployers
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