Record flu vaccination among NHS staff

More NHS staff than ever received the influenza jab in England this winter, according to official figures that show the numbers vaccinated has risen by 30% within two years.

Flu vaccinations among NHS staff hit record levels this year
Flu vaccinations among NHS staff hit record levels this year

DH figures show that by the end of January, 459,293 frontline NHS workers had received a flu vaccination - 45.9% of all staff.

This compares with 44.6% vaccinated in 2011/12, and 34.7% vaccinated in 2010/11.

NHS staff vaccinated against flu

Uptake rates were highest in the north west of England, with 58.9% of staff vaccinated. Rates were lowest in the South East Coast region, at just 37.6%.

The DH released the figures as NHS Employers announced the winners of this year's NHS Flu Fighter awards, for efforts to raise uptake.

Figures detailing profession-specific uptake are due in the next few weeks.

Flu rates across the country remained low in the week ending 20 February. The UK has so far failed to see a large spike in cases this winter, echoing the mild levels of flu also seen in 2011/12.

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