flu vaccine uptake reaches highest level among frontline staff

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Public Health England's latest round of flu vaccination uptake figures show 70.3 per cent of all eligible frontline healthcare workers have received their flu vaccination so far this season - the highest uptake to date.

A total of 739,187 frontline healthcare workers received their flu jab from 1 September 2018 to 28 February 2019, or 34,945 more than in the same period last year. 

The statistics confirm that flu vaccination uptake has more than doubled among frontline healthcare workers since the flu fighter campaign began in 2010, when uptake was at 34.7 per cent. From 2019/20, the frontline healthcare worker flu vaccination campaign will form part of NHS England's / Public Health England's (PHE) winter campaign and will no longer be led by NHS Employers.

We would like to congratulate trusts on the hard work they have put into their flu vaccine campaigns and commend the 120 trusts who have already achieved the national target of 75 per cent flu vaccination uptake. 

To view uptake for your trust, please see this report from Public Health England.

Top performing trusts

Below are details of the top five most improved trusts as compared to the same period last year, as well as, the top three performing acute, mental health, ambulance and community trusts.

 Trust Vaccine uptake 
(%) 18/19 
Vaccine uptake 
(%) 17/18 
 Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS trust  79.7    61.2  18.5
 Weston Area Health NHS Trust  80.4  62.0  18.4
 Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust  65.7  49.0  16.7
 Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust  67.2    51.1  16.1
 West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust  75.7  60.5  15.3

Top three acute trusts

Trust Vaccine uptake 
(%) 18/19
Vaccine uptake 
(%) 17/18 
St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust
 95.4   87.2
 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust  93.6   92.3
 Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  89.6  85.5

Top three mental health trusts

 Trust  Vaccine uptake 
(%) 18/19
 Vaccine uptake 
(%) 17/18
 Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust  85.9   83.0
 Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust  80.4   73.7
 Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust  79.7   61.2

Top three ambulance trusts

 Trust  Vaccine uptake 
(%) 18/19
 Vaccine uptake 
(%) 17/18
 West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
 South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust  78.7   69.3
 East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust  76.1  73.4

Top three community trusts

 Trust Vaccine uptake 
(%) 18/19 
 Vaccine uptake 
(%) 17/18
 Hounslow and Richmond community Healthcare NHS Trust  86.0  
 Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust  79.4   73.5
 Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust  79.3  76.3

For more information about the flu fighter campaign visit our main webpage, or get in touch by emailing flufighter@nhsemployers.org. Join the #flufighter conversation by following @NHSflufighter on Twitter.


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