Beat the Flu
It’s more important than ever for you to #BeatTheFlu this winter
With coronavirus co-circulating alongside influenza it is essential to protect those at most risk of flu, who are also those most vulnerable to hospitalisation as a result of COVID-19 disease.
Due to repeated exposure of the virus, one in four health care staff is estimated to be infected in any flu season. While many will have very mild or even no symptoms, we know that health care staff transmit the virus and, as a result, put their patients as well as friends and family at risk of developing serious complications from the flu.
People die from flu every year. Even those who were previously healthy can develop severe complications, including bronchitis, secondary bacterial pneumonia, meningitis and encephalitis; the risk is even higher in those who have other illnesses, the elderly and pregnant women.
The antibodies that protect you from flu decline over time, and flu strains also change from year to year, so you need an updated vaccination against the virus every year.
The flu vaccine programme for the 2020/21 flu season has been extended, with more groups eligible to receive flu vaccine than ever before. For full details see the RCN advice sheet and the country specific detail for the annual flu programme; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales.
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How to fight flu together
We're calling for all members to have the flu vaccination. Read more about why it's important we #BeatTheFlu this year from Helen Donovan, RCN Professional Lead for Public Health.
Page last updated - 06/04/2021