30 / 3 / 2016 Midnight
In October 2015, NHS Employers, Public Health England and the Department of Health carried out an online survey to gather information about healthcare workers’ attitudes and experiences of having the flu vaccination and infection control. We had over 700 responses to the survey from healthcare workers in trusts across England.
The responses to the survey were really encouraging and will provide flu teams with some extra knowledge to help them with planning next year’s campaign. The full report will be released shortly, but in the meantime here are some highlights from the results:
- Over 80 per cent of respondents said that they had received the flu vaccination last year.
- Protecting themselves, colleagues, family and patients were the highest motivational factors for deciding to have the vaccine.
- Despite the reports of reduced efficacy in the 2014/15 season, over 80 per cent of respondents said they were still planning on having the vaccine this season.
- Over 70 per cent of respondents said it was important for healthcare workers in all settings to get the vaccination.
- 86 per cent said that the flu vaccination was a vital part of infection control.
- Nearly a quarter of respondents felt that there needed to be more information about the flu virus and 22 per cent said there needed to be more information about the vaccine in order to improve uptake.
The information provided in the full report will be able to help flu teams with planning their campaign for next year. The report looks at the reasons why healthcare workers choose to get or not get vaccinated against flu, as well as their attitudes towards the importance of the vaccine, what they believe about flu and the risk it poses to themselves and others.