Nurse flu jab drive underway
The annual drive urging nurses and other healthcare staff to have their free flu vaccination is underway, following a fall in numbers last year
As the vaccination is not compulsory, it is up to campaigns and employers to convince staff of its benefits, and many NHS organisations are encouraging immunisation to protect vulnerable patients.
Some employers are trying to inject a bit of humour into campaigns. The NHS in Merseyside has posters saying ‘Get your flu jab (because we’re sick of producing these posters every year)’, and staff in Hartlepool have recorded a song, ‘5,000 jabs’ to represent their 5,000 employees.
NHS Employers (NHSE) works with Public Health England, supported by the Department of Health, to run the annual flu campaign. In 2010-11, the year before flu fighter was launched, staff vaccination rates...
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