Oct 11, 2018

NHS England staff must explain if they refuse to have flu jab

Health workers in England who refuse to take up the offer of a free flu jab will be asked to explain why they do not want to be vaccinated. Last year saw the worst flu season in a decade but only 64% of staff received the flu vaccine. Last year, more than 90% of staff at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, run by the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, received the flu jab. In an effort to improve that figure a greater number of vaccination sessions are being held in more areas to make it easier for paramedics and support staff to receive a flu jab. "So absolutely one of the things we want our staff to consider is the impact on their vulnerable patients, especially if they choose not to have the flu jab."

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