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Beat the flu

Beat The Flu

This winter we're asking you to help us beat the flu.

Influenza

Influenza is highly infectious and the spread of the virus within health care settings is a huge concern.

Due to repeated exposure of the virus, one in four health care staff is estimated to be infected by the flu in any flu season. We know that health care staff transmit the virus and, as a result, put their patients 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 vaccine

The flu vaccine is effective in preventing influenza and could be the difference between life and death. The vaccine cannot give you flu, although it can make your arm feel a bit sore and sometimes cause a slight temperature. Other reactions are very rare.

Frontline staff

All front line staff should get the vaccine because it is a simple way to avoid or reduce the effects of catching the flu.

There has been a steady increase in vaccine uptake within health care staff over the last few years, but there are still too many staff who are not protecting themselves and their patients.

That’s why we’re calling on RCN members to get vaccinated and help beat the flu this winter.

Due to repeated exposure of the virus, one in four health care staff is estimated to be infected by the flu in any season. We know that health care staff transmit the virus and, as a result, put their patients 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.

That’s why we’re calling on RCN members to get vaccinated and help beat the flu this winter.

Flu vaccine

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Flu advice and resources

Advice and resources

Nursing teams are instrumental in leading the delivery of the flu vaccination programme from occupational health teams through primary care and school nursing services. 

Check out our advice guide which links to the most up to date resource, guidance and advice to support the delivery of quality services. 
Beat the flu poster

Myth busting poster

It's important that RCN members are equipped with the right knowledge to educate their patients about the flu vaccine programme.

Download our myth busting poster to put in your workplace to make sure your colleagues know their myths from their facts.

Page last updated - 01/10/2018