Get your flu jab – protect yourself, your patients and your family
Anyone can be susceptible to influenza infection, even if they are in good health, and this is why we are supporting the campaign to encourage healthcare professionals to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza.
As a pharmacy professional providing key healthcare services, and often dealing with patients directly, we ask you to consider getting yourself vaccinated and to encourage your staff to get vaccinated as well.
The impact of influenza on frail and other vulnerable patients can be fatal and outbreaks of the infection can cause severe disruption in communities, care homes and hospitals.
Flu immunisation remains the most effective method to help protect against influenza infection. Up to 50% of confirmed influenza infections are subclinical (i.e. asymptomatic). Unvaccinated, asymptomatic (but nevertheless infected) staff may pass on the virus to vulnerable patients, members of the public, colleagues and family members.
Along with other interventions, influenza immunisation is an important tool in helping to prevent respiratory infections in healthcare settings. Recent guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence highlights that increasing vaccination uptake in health and social care staff decreased the number of cases of flu, hospitalisations and deaths.
Free supporting material is available from the NHS Employers website to help you promote vaccination in your organisation.