Staff must explain flu jab refusal

In an attempt to cut sickness rates and protect patients over winter, health workers in England who refuse to take up the offer of a free flu jab will be asked to explain why they do not want to be vaccinated.

Last year, only 64 per cent of staff received the flu vaccine despite data showing it to be the worst flu season in a. decade. As part of the measures, it also means that members of staff who decline the jab could be moved away from critical areas if they work with vulnerable patients.

This year will also see over-65s offered a newly licensed jab called Fluad, which experts say should give better immunity to this age group. It has an added ingredient designed to create a stronger immune response. Fluad has been available in Europe for years but was only approved in the UK in August 2017.

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