fbpx

Healthcare Workers ‘have duty to get flu jab’ says top official

image

An estimated 30 million people will be offered the flu vaccination this year, including all primary school aged children for the first time.

Alongside children, particularly vulnerable groups such as those over 65, healthcare workers and pregnant women will also be offered the jab free of charge.


Speaking on the seriousness of the flu – Professor Yvonne Doyle, of Public Health England, said:

“Some people think the flu is like the common cold. It’s not. It can be a really serious illness and can be deadly for some,”

Around 1,700 deaths were linked to flu last year in the UK alone.

 

Despite healthcare worker vaccination uptake raising from 50% to 70% last year, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, warned that more healthcare professionals should consider vaccination:

“From a patient perspective, you don’t want to be in a situation where you feel that [only] seven out 10 of the healthcare professionals you meet will be vaccinated.

“We know that flu infections, while sometimes severe, can also be asymptomatic, and staff can spread flu without realising it.

“So I think there’s a very, very strong professional responsibility on healthcare workers to be vaccinated.”

 

Despite reports of Australia’s particularly difficult time with the flu this year NHS officials have stated that the “unpredictable” nature of the flu season may or may not suggest the UK is also in for a bad flu season.

To be sure more people than ever will be offered the vaccination, completely free of charge. Those not considered to be at risk, can be vaccinated privately for a fee.


While the flu vaccine is “the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus” professional health bodies – including the NHS – state that it is not a “100% guarantee” for being flu-free.

To ensure you are not spreading the flu, it’s important to consider being vaccinated and wearing suitable respiratory protective equipment when appropriate.

For more information, please get in touch.

RELATED POSTS

  • Winter PAPR Protection

    READ MORE
  • NHS Issues National Patient Safety Alert for Valved Respirators

    READ MORE
  • The Deadly Tik Tok Trend No One’s Warned You About

    READ MORE
  • Healthcare News – September 2021

    READ MORE
  • Infection Prevention Conference 2021

    READ MORE
  • Full Support Healthcare Donates Over a Million Items of PPE to International Aid Charity

    READ MORE
  • See You Soon

    READ MORE
  • Healthcare News – August 2021

    READ MORE
  • The Continued Need for COVID Secure Workplaces

    READ MORE
  • Full Support Healthcare Donates More Than 33.8 Million Items of PPE to Good Causes

    READ MORE
  • The Health & Safety Event 2021

    READ MORE
  • HSE Releases Updated Guidance for Working with Asbestos

    READ MORE
  • Healthcare Newsletter – July 2021

    READ MORE
  • Should We Continue to Wear Face Masks After the 19th July?

    READ MORE
  • National Hygiene Week 2021

    READ MORE
  • Love Your Lungs Week 2021

    READ MORE
  • International PPE company donates 2 million face masks to Jamaica

    READ MORE
  • Lung Health Experts Warn of the Impact COVID-19 and Staff Shortages Will Have on Lung Disease Patients

    READ MORE
  • Healthcare Newsletter – May 2021

    READ MORE
  • Full Support Healthcare Now Available in Australia

    READ MORE