Responding to Simon Stevens’ call that NHS Trusts make an additional 3000 beds available to respond to what is expected to be a particularly pressurised winter flu season, the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), is calling on the Government to work to ensure that more social care staff receive the winter flu jab.
A report in the Daily Telegraph has revealed that a mismatch between the flu vaccine and the dominant strain of influenza may have contributed to increased mortality in 2016.
A new review by the UK’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence has found offering medical professionals the choice between receiving the flu vaccine or wearing a face mask at all times the most effective means of increasing uptake amongst healthcare workers.
We detail below some organisations interested in adult immunisation. We also provide some links to information about vaccine preventable diseases impacting on older people. We will update this list every 3 months. [last updated January 2017]
In the period 1st September – 31st October 2016, only 32% of pregnant women in England received the winter flu vaccine.
Research published in 2015 in the Journal of Primary Prevention has estimated the cost of four of the most significant vaccine preventable diseases.
Taxi giant Uber offered free flu vaccinations and ‘flu-fighting care packages’ in more than 35 US cities this flu season.
NHS Employers in the UK have published lots of material online as part of its Flufighter campaign. The information seeks to provide advice, guidance and campaign materials to support local staff flu vaccination campaigns.
For more details see: http://www.nhsemployers.org/campaigns/flu-fighter
The NHS in the UK has launched it’s “Staywell” campaign to encourage uptake of the influenza vaccine. The campaign urges those eligible for a free vaccine to take up that right. The new website provides links to help people find their local pharmacy.
The flu steering committee (UK) has produced an app to help healthcare managers capture and report flu vaccinations. The app, designed to reduce the burden of administrative work, helps the performance team “report daily on divisional flu performance which is visible on the Trust intranet and via social media”.
For more information see: http://fabnhsstuff.net/2016/10/23/development-flu-app-nuh/