Care home staff to be offered flu jab as part of winter action plan.
According to the Nursing Times, Free flu jabs are to be extended to all care home staff in England, as part of package of new “contingency actions” designed to help frontline services cope with pressures this winter.
NHS England, Public Health England, the Department of Health and NHS Improvement have unveiled a range of measures intended to boost the uptake of flu vaccinations among health and care staff.
This will include providing free vaccination for hundreds of thousands of care home staff at a cost of up to £10m, as well as increasing jabs available for young children in schools and vulnerable people.
The bodies highlighted official figures showing that emergency flu and pneumonia admissions from care homes jumped by 16% last year to around 29,000.
Meanwhile, they said trusts had also been told to “ramp up” efforts to ensure nurses, doctors and other staff received the free flu jab.
Thanks to the Nursing Times for this story.