Flu prevention is back at the top of the agenda for health and social care professionals, as the threat of another tough winter for the NHS looms large.
Cutting the number of flu infections among frontline health and social care staff is paramount, as they have the greatest exposure to vulnerable people such as the elderly and the very young, and the best way to do so is to make sure these staff get vaccinated.
With that in mind, NHS Employers is launching the latest run of its successful flu fighter campaign, aiming to boost flu vaccination uptake among health and social care staff as much as possible.
Its annual #jabathon week will take place from 8-12 October, with activities aimed at encouraging conversations on the flu vaccination and inspiring even more staff to get their jabs.
The success of last year’s event speaks for itself: in the 2017-2018 flu season, 68.7 per cent of frontline healthcare workers across all trusts with direct patient contact were reported to have received the seasonal vaccine in England, up from 63.4 per cent in the 2016-2017 season.
That means 85,000 more staff were vaccinated during last year’s flu season.
Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:
“Prevention is the best defence against a potential flu outbreak, and vaccination is our strongest tool in stemming the tide of infection. NHS Employers is once again running its flu fighter campaign, to increase vaccination levels among health and social care workers, and to help keep them and those around them healthy this winter.
“I’ve had my jab this year to protect myself and others, especially my family. Of course, everyone will have personal reasons for getting vaccinated. #jabathon encourages people to share their reasons via social media and nominate colleagues to do the same.”
The #jabathon week will see a host of social media activity, centred on #jabathon. To find out more and get involved, visithttp://www.nhsemployers.org/