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'£250 million' to fight flu

The Government has pledged an extra £250 million to help fight the flu, on the condition NHS trusts prove three quarters of their workforce has already had the flue jab. The money will be used to give flu jabs to children.

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Govt: Staff must have flu jab or miss out on funding

Three quarters of the workforce in every NHS trust will have to be vaccinated against flu this year or miss out on the £250 million pledged by the Government to fight the disease.

  • This extends to the wider workforce outside of clinicians - managers, porters and other hospital workers will have to be immunised.
  • New data shows just 8% of staff at Britain's worst performing hospitals had been given the flu vaccine, compared with 80% at the best.
  • The average was 45% - a level described by Dame Sally Davies, the UK's chief medical officer, as really not good enough.

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