Nursing Times – Care home nursing staff in Wales to be offered free flu jab

Care home staff in Wales will be eligible for free flu vaccinations from this winter, the Welsh government has announced.

There were 42 flu outbreaks in Welsh care homes during the winter, accounting for 60% of the total outbreaks in Wales.

While care home residents have high rates of flu vaccination, the immunisation rate among staff is low, the Welsh government said today.

Until now immunising staff was the duty of employers but, from this winter, care home staff will be able to receive flu vaccinations for free at NHS community pharmacies.

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