It impacts on those who become ill, the NHS services that provide direct care as a result, and on the wider health and social care system that supports people in at risk groups.
The annual flu vaccination programme helps to reduce unplanned hospital admissions and pressure on A&E and is therefore a critical element of the system-wide approach for delivering robust and resilient health and care services during winter.
Watch this video for information and a personal account from a member of staff at a hospital in the South as to why healthcare workers should protect themselves against flu.
Information for local authority staff
Are you eligible for a free flu vaccination?
If you are eligible for a flu vaccination, your employer will provide you with a voucher.
Local authorities will give vouchers to anyone who they believe to have a duty of care to protect their patients and service users from flu infection. These are staff for whose work involves contact with people who may fall into the following at risk groups:
- Chronic respiratory disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease
Participating pharmacies and GP practices will vaccinate staff who present their a voucher and ID badge The reverse side of the voucher lists participating pharmacies and GP practices.
Eligible staff will be vaccinated between the beginning of October 2016 and the end of February 2017.
Information for local authority line managers
If a local authority employee or contractor employee is eligible for a flu vaccination, their line manager should issue them with a voucher and explain the process.
Information for providers
This service is covered under existing Patient Group Directions (PGDs) for delivering flu vaccinations.