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Following ‘disappointing’ staff take-up rates, NHS leaders are writing to all 1.4 million staff to say they must have the winter flu jab as soon as possible.
With NHS England expressing that its leaders were ‘more scared than we have ever been’ about how bad winter could be, the importance of staff getting the winter flu jab is being stressed in order to limit the risk of staff infecting patients whose condition may deteriorate as a result.
Prof Sir Malcolm Grant recently warned that there is a strong likelihood of hospitals being inundated with flu sufferers, and is therefore highlighting staff’s professional duty to have the jab.
With evolving cyber threats facing the NHS and other healthcare organisations, addressing cyber security must be a priority for all organisations handling patient records and sensitive data.
The Infection Prevention Society elaborates on why effective hand washing, as well as a few other simple measures, can make all the difference in preventing winter infections.