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Nurses urged to get flu jab

6th September 2011

Data has shown that under a third of nurses and midwives received their flu jabs in 2010, prompting a call for healthcare workers to get the injections as soon as possible.

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All healthcare workers are supposed to be given the flu jab to prevent them becoming sick and to stop them passing on the virus to patients.

Figures showed that just 30% of hospital nurses in England were given the jab, compared to 38% of GPs and 43% of GP practice nurses.

The overall number of healthcare workers who received the jab went up from 26.4% in the winter of 2009 to 34.7% in 2010.

The Department of Health, who published the data, said the majority of nurses and midwives did not get the injection and were left open to catching the virus.

The figures also showed that just 25.2% of babies and toddlers aged six months to two years who were deemed at high-risk were given the jab, in comparison to 51.7% of people aged 16-65.

Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies said: "It is never too early to start thinking about flu. So as NHS staff return from their holidays, I urge them to plan ahead and get vaccinated."

Dr Peter Carter, of the Royal College of Nursing, said: "Patients and healthcare staff suffer when nurses are off sick."

"It is vital that nurses do all they can to take responsibility for their own health and of those around them. The RCN will be working with our members to ensure they have access to all of the relevant information to enable them to make the right decision about the uptake of the vaccine. 

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