A record-breaking start for NHS staff flu vaccinations in 2016

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Official statistics published today (17 November 2016) reveal record levels of NHS staff have been coming forward to get vaccinated at the start of the flu season.

The results are being celebrated by NHS trusts up and down the country, where the annual flu fighter campaign – led by NHS Employers - has been working hard to encourage more staff to get vaccinated.

The figures (from Public Health England) reveal 372,339 (40.4%) frontline health workers in England were already vaccinated by 31 October 2016. This is higher than any figures recorded at the same stage during previous winters - including 312,203 (32.4%) last winter.

NHS Employers is hopeful the final end-of-Winter tally will exceed last year’s 502,033 (50.6%).

Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive of NHS Employers, said:

“This vital campaign is off to a terrific start and we’re immensely proud of the efforts being made by staff to keep colleagues healthy and protect vulnerable patients from the flu.

“The flu fighter campaign couldn’t do this fantastic work without the support of local NHS staff who are really knocking flu out of the park this winter.”

More information about flu fighter is available at: http://www.nhsemployers.org/flu and #flufighter

Today’s full figures from Public Health England are at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/seasonal-flu-vaccine-uptake-in-healthcare-workers-1-september-2016-to-31-october-2016 

Background information:

  • The highest uptake at this stage of any flu season in previous years was during the same period (1 September to 31 October) in 2014, which was 340,826 (36.8%).
  • Past figures can be viewed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/vaccine-uptake#seasonal-flu-vaccine-uptake-figures Public Health England will publish monthly updates of flu vaccination rates.
  • Public Health England does not have recorded numbers of deaths from flu. However it says it is estimated that, in 2015/16, there were about 2,300 excess deaths which are extra deaths over the winter linked to the time of year. Flu and extreme cold weather are the two most likely causes of excess deaths. 

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