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Please see the following list of authoritative resources on flu vaccinations. If you are having any difficulties applying this to your role, please call us.
Find out about our current work in public health, access continuing professional development resources and join the public health forum at www.rcn.org.uk/clinical-topics/public-health. See from Helen Donovan, RCN lead on public health, why immunisation is important for all nursing staff.
The seasonal influenza vaccination policy is based on recommendation by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), an independent expert advisory committee that advises all UK health departments on vaccination and immunisation programmes.
Annual flu immunisation is recommended for:
Health care workers have a duty of care to their patients, and flu vaccination for health care workers with direct patient contact is fully supported by professional bodies like the RCN and British Medical Association (BMA). The RCN recommends that its members are fully vaccinated as part of their professional responsibilities to reduce the risks of spreading the infection to the people they care for.
The RCN acknowledges that annual immunisation remains the best way to protect against flu, and advises front line staff to have an annual flu vaccine to protect themselves and the people they care for.
Read the Blog: Protect yourself and your patients this winter
The Public Health England website contains the following which are applicable in England, Wales and Northern Ireland:
The Chief Medical Officer and Chief Pharmaceutical officer in England have issued advice on the prescribing and supply of antiviral medicines for the prevention and treatment of influenza. This can be located on the Gov.uk website.Back to contents