The House of Commons Science and Technology committee has looked into the planning of the flu vaccination programme in England.
The committee, which ensures government policy and decision-making is based on good scientific advice and evidence, highlighted in it’s report that the 2017/18 season saw the highest flu vaccination uptake ever in healthcare workers, yet was keen to improve the variation in uptake and to increase uptake among staff working in social care settings.
The committee called on the government to aim for 100 per cent vaccination in social care staff to protect the most vulnerable to the effects of flu, and recommend that the government should establish an effective data collection system of flu vaccination uptake rates for staff working in social care settings by the 2019/20 flu season.
They argued that it is as important for social care staff to be vaccinated as it is for healthcare workers.
To support social care organisations in promoting uptake of flu vaccinations, our flu fighter care webpages
offer a range of resources. There is also more information about the provision of free flu vaccinations for social care staff this season, in this frequently asked questions leaflet
including how staff can access them. Further guidelines on the management of outbreaks of influenza-like illness in care homes can be found in this report
published by Public Health England.
Our flu fighter webpages
offer a range of free resources for NHS organisations and our good practice page
includes case studies from previous flu fighter award winners and tips for trusts looking to improve their vaccination uptake rate.
Read the committee’s full report
to find out more about the future developments in the flu vaccination.