The winter season is fast approaching, bringing cold weather, seasonal coughs and colds, and an influx of patients to your surgery. This increase in patient numbers puts pressure on workload and resources, as well as increasing the possibility of transmissible infections among patients attending your practice.
Influenza is highly transmissible. Previously healthy people, including the young, can develop severe complications from influenza. Up to one third of deaths in 2010/11 were in people considered healthy. Flu is dangerous, contagious and largely preventable – therefore we encourage you to get the jab.
Throughout the winter season, you spend a high amount of time speaking with patients about protecting themselves against flu and offering the flu jab to patients in vulnerable groups. In the run up to winter, we urge you to lead by example and get vaccinated against flu. The seasonal flu vaccine is available for all health care workers who have direct patient contact.
Join the fight against flu this season – protect yourselves, your family and your patients by having the seasonal flu vaccine.
The NHS Employers organisation is coordinating the NHS flu fighter campaign in partnership with the Department of Health, professional bodies and trade unions.
Letters for nursing and midwifery staff and allied health professionals will be available shortly.
- Read a letter, including supporting clinical evidence, from the Chief Medical Officer and Dr Mark Porter Chair of Council at the BMA on the importance of influenza vaccination for doctors.