01 / 5 / 2014 2.12pm
Public Health England, NHS England and the Department of Health have published the annual flu letter and flu plan which aims to support local planning to ensure good levels of flu immunisation in all target groups. A focus on flu vaccination which is one of the most effective interventions that can be made to reduce harm from flu and pressures on health and social care services during the winter.
These documents aim to aid the development of robust and flexible operational plans by local organisations and emergency planners within the NHS and local government. It provides the public and healthcare professionals with an overview of the coordination and the preparation for the flu season and signposting to further guidance and information.
This year the flu plan also includes details about the extension of the flu vaccination programme to children in 2014 and 2015. Due to the scale of the extension nationally it is being implemented gradually, with geographical piloting in the early years that will provide learning to inform subsequent roll-out.
Appendix G of the seasonal flu plan contains information about seasonal influenza vaccination in health and social care workers. For more support, advice and guidance in running your local staff flu vaccination campaigns you can contact the flu fighter team at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0844 334 5252.