Flu vaccination for health and social care workers
In 2017 NHS England provided additional funding to support the delivery of flu immunisation for social care workers that offer direct patient/client care. This will continue in 2018/19 and will be extended to include health and care staff in the voluntary managed hospice sector that offer direct
Arrangements have been put in place for the 2018/19 influenza vaccination scheme for eligible health and social care and hospice staff to be offered by GP practices and community pharmacy as part of the seasonal flu programme.
The extension to the seasonal influenza vaccine will be available to:
- health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza. Vulnerable means those patients/clients in a clinical risk group for flu or who are aged 65 years and over
- health and care staff, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable. Vulnerable means those patients/clients in a clinical risk group for flu or who are aged 65 years and over
Flu is a serious illness in vulnerable people, potentially causing deaths and complications such as pneumonia. We would ask you to encourage social care staff to take up the offer of immunisation in the coming flu season to protect themselves, their families and the vulnerable people they care for. Flu outbreaks can cause severe disruption to health and social care services in the winter months.
Find out more from the NHS flu fighters campaign centre including free downloadable resources.Is there anything wrong with this page?