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Influenza (flu) - Information for health and social care workers eligible for the vaccine

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Background

Flu vaccination is one of the best ways to protect against catching or spreading flu. Front line health and social care staff are strongly recommended to have the vaccine every year. This is to protect themselves, their colleagues, their families and those in their care. Employers have a responsibility to facilitate the vaccine for their staff.

All NHS Wales health boards and trusts actively encourage their staff to have annual flu vaccination every year.

NHS flu vaccine is available free for staff in adult residential care homes, nursing homes and children’s hospices with regular client contact, and for domiciliary carers. This is available from community pharmacies that offer the Community Pharmacy NHS Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Service, and in some areas it may also be available via other routes.

Clinical guidance and resources are available at Influenza (flu) - Information for health professionals delivering the service and Influenza (NHS Wales staff only).

 

Guidance

Vaccination programme recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and Welsh Government policy can be found at the links below.

Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation - GOV.UK (read JCVI publications and statements; search e.g. influenza)

Publications

 

Training resources and events

Online courses and training materials about a number of vaccines and diseases can be accessed via the E-learning page.

Further immunisation training information and resources are provided on the Training Resources and Events page.

 

Clinical resources and information

 

Data and surveillance