Flu: follow DH advice, says RCN
- Published on Wednesday, 12 January 2011 09:32
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The Royal College of Nursing has advised nursing staff to follow Department of Health advice and get the flu vaccination during the current influenza outbreak
The Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health has written to health care organisations to reiterate that the priority is to vaccinate individuals who are at particular risk, which includes people and children with long term conditions and pregnant women. Professor Dame Sally C Davies states: “It remains important that colleagues ensure that patients in flu risk groups, including all pregnant women, are offered the seasonal influenza vaccine as quickly as possible. This is also true of frontline health care workers, to protect them and their patients.”
RCN Primary Health Adviser Lynn Young says that the RCN supports the Department of Health stance on influenza vaccinations. “While the RCN recognises the individual’s right to personal choice, we recommend that health care workers receive the flu vaccination. This is to protect the individual member of staff, their families, colleagues and the patients they look after,” she said.