Medicines management: Why should nurses have the flu vaccination?
With a predicted doubling of influenza cases in the UK this year, it is more important than ever that frontline staff are vaccinated, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths
Although most well people of working age will only experience mild symptoms if they contract flu, for some groups it can pose a serious risk to health.
Those at particular risk of severe illness include the very young, pregnant women, older people, immunosuppressed patients and those with underlying disease, such as asthma, diabetes, and cardiac conditions.
In the UK, we generally get the strains of flu that the southern hemisphere had in the season immediately preceding our flu season.
Cases of flu in Australia this season have almost doubled the average infection...
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