Flu vaccinations
General Optical Council eBulletin 38
October 2018

Flu Vaccinations

Summer is officially over and the temperature has dropped, signalling that it’s that time of year again to get your flu vaccination.

The Department of Health and Social Care’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally C Davies, has written to us to encourage all optometrists and dispensing opticians to get vaccinated to protect not only themselves but also patients from illness.

Flu vaccinations are the most effective method to help protect against influenza infection and prevent respiratory infections. Up to 50% of confirmed influenza infections are subclinical, for example asymptomatic, and unvaccinated, asymptomatic viruses can still be passed on to patients and colleagues.

Last year, almost 70 per cent of healthcare workers had the vaccination, an increase from 63.2 per cent the year before. NHS Improvement and NHS England have been working on strengthening plans for healthcare worker vaccination and recently wrote to NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts about their upcoming plans for this season.

For more information on the annual influenza programme, visit http://www.nhsemployers.org/campaigns/flu-fighter.

You can read Professor Davie’s letter here.

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