NHS staff urged to get flu jabs to protect patients


Getting a flu vaccineImage copyright Science Photo Library
Image caption NHS staff can have the vaccination for free to protect patients and the public

NHS leaders are urging nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers to have a flu vaccination to protect their patients this winter.

Vulnerable groups, such as children, pregnant women and older people are also reminded to have their free jab.

Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s medical director, told the BBC he was worried about how staff would cope with a major flu outbreak.

He said the NHS was under “severe and unrelenting” pressure.

His comments come following reports of a much higher incidence of flu in the Australian winter and the possibility that the same strain of the virus will be seen in Europe.

NHS bosses said many people with flu showed no symptoms so healthcare workers could be unintentionally infecting vulnerable patients.

Getting vaccinated was the best way to stop the spread of flu and prevent deaths, they said.

NHS staff are offered the vaccine free and NHS England will also offer it free to more than one million care-home workers this winter.

It wants employers to report how many people don’t get the vaccines – at some hospitals only 30% of staff have the jab while at others it is nearer to 90%.

Public Health England (PHE) says it is aiming to vaccinate around 13 million people in total this winter.

It has expanded the nasal flu vaccination programme to include children from the age of two up to and including those in school Year 4. Children in reception year can now get their vaccine in school instead of going to their GP.

View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41594306

Sir Bruce said: “Many people are very worried that this winter will be particularly difficult – the thing that I worry about most is that we have an outbreak of flu or an outbreak of norovirus which puts an added strain on the NHS service.”

In the same category are

The Papers: Road ‘misery’ to end and EU ‘saves May’ Image caption The 50mph (80km/h) speed limit for sections of motorways with roadworks is to be increased to 60mph (96km/h), the Times reports. The ...
Catalonia vote: Spain expected to impose direct rule Image copyright AFP Image caption Catalonia's independence referendum has thrown the country into crisis The Spanish cabinet is expected to approv...
Storm Brian: UK braced for gale-force winds and disruption Image copyright PA Image caption Flood barriers are readied in Galway City The UK is facing gale-force winds and possible flooding from Storm Bria...
Brazil police arrests 108 in major anti-paedophilia operation Image copyright Ministerio da Justica Image caption Brazilian police used special software provided by the United States Police in Brazil say they...
Missing California hikers died in apparent murder-suicide Image copyright National Park Service Image caption The pair went missing in the arid desert park during the hottest of the summer A California co...
Reality Check: Is pay growing at its worst rate since the Napoleonic Wars? The claim: Pay this decade is growing at its slowest rate since Napoleonic times.Reality Check verdict: Earnings figures from the 1800s are a bit sk...

Dont forget to “Like” us on Facebook


Need something to share, visit our sister site for the

‘News in the last 30 days”

in a clear concise package ….

 

If you are an artist or interested in art, visit our art website and read about todays artscene and browse some of our artist profiles

 

Comment on this story