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Annual Flu Jab ? Fine For Us But How About Care Workers : Visiting Ones And In Care Homes ? Problems / Shortages - Carers UK Forum

Annual Flu Jab ? Fine For Us But How About Care Workers : Visiting Ones And In Care Homes ? Problems / Shortages

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A timely reminder ... today's Guardian ... especially for those amongst our ranks relying on outside care :

https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... care-staff

MPs 'shocked' by low flu vaccine rates among social care staff.

Only 25% of social care staff looking after the elderly and vulnerable are vaccinated against flu, report says.

MPs say they have been shocked to discover that only 25% of social care staff looking after the elderly and vulnerable are vaccinated against flu.

A report from the House of Commons science and technology select committee says it is as important for social care staff including those who work in care homes to be vaccinated as it is for hospital staff – if not more so.

The MPs were also disturbed to find that data on flu vaccine takeup by social care staff is not routinely collected. Their inquiry heard that an ad hoc Public Health England (PHE) survey of care homes revealed “huge variability, with the best [uptake] at 25%” and a low response rate to PHE’s questions.

“The flu season is upon us again and it’s outrageous that so few social care staff appear to be vaccinated,” said Norman Lamb MP, committee chair.


Data is not routinely collected on uptake rates and any data that is collected is not published – this is a significant flaw in the system. Publishing data could be a key tool in further encouraging uptake of the vaccine.

“Some of our most vulnerable people are living in care homes and more must be done to protect them. Everyone caring for the elderly and infirm should see it as a professional duty to minimise the risk of passing on flu.

“The government should aim for 100% vaccination of social care workers to ensure the protection of those most vulnerable to the effects of flu.”

Last year’s flu season was the worst for seven years and many elderly people ended up in hospital with complications of the disease, which is caused by a viral infection. The report shows that 72.6% of people in the vulnerable over-65 age group were vaccinated, a slight increase over previous years. But even in a good year, the vaccine may only be 50% or 60% protective, the committee heard from PHE, emphasising the need for vaccination also of those who care for the elderly.

In up to half of all cases, people can have the flu without symptoms, so carers can pass the virus on without knowing they have it.

Health workers have been told they have a professional duty to be vaccinated, and the takeup rate across the NHS was the highest ever, at 68%. But that hid huge variation across England, says the committee. Some trusts only managed 30–40% while others achieved 90%.

The committee is calling for a government review by the end of February 2019 to establish whether there is a case for mandatory vaccination “for certain categories of healthcare workers”. That would include all those who work with the most vulnerable patients.


“The huge variation in uptake rates of the flu vaccination among healthcare workers is unacceptable,” said Lamb. “The fact that some trusts manage to get such high uptake rates demonstrates that what is being asked is not unachievable. It is time for many trusts to up their game and encourage their staff to get vaccinated.

“Welcome steps have been taken by NHS England and NHS Improvement to encourage frontline hospital staff to be vaccinated but the time has now come for the government to consider whether the flu vaccine should be mandatory for healthcare workers.”

Age UK urged older people and those who care for them to be vaccinated. “Older people who need care or are in care settings are also all too often vulnerable and can be more susceptible to flu,” said Caroline Abrahams, director of the charity.

“It is vital that older people and the care workers who care for them are vaccinated, which means better implementation across the care sector and better rollout across the country.”


Always " Fun " at times when someone else is caring for your caree ?

The things we have have to take for granted ... now even flu jabs ... over which we have NO direct control.

No wonder many take on the caring role ... despite all that our Lord Kitch spells out ... a sense of " At least I know my caree will be looked after by me " ... in some cases , a very valid notion ?

Still , could be worse ?

Back a couple of generations ... mum takes junior to local quack ... heavy cold , could be flu ... dank / dark waiting room ... 30 / 40 inside ... hard chairs for 15 ... a couple sneezing ... week later , virtually all who had been in that room now down with heavy colds ... days of one channel and black and white 9 inch television ... Twizzle , Hancock's Half Hour and Quatermass ... and little else ... smell of coal fires burning in the air ...

We have ALL come a long way since then ... well ... perhaps not all ?

GOLDEN RULE IN CARERLAND : TAKE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR GRANTED !
Oh dear ... a shortage ?

NHS denies flu vaccine shortage amid complaints over delays.

Patients outside of London say they have been unable to get jab due to short supplies.


The NHS and healthcare bodies have sought to offer assurances that there are adequate supplies of the flu vaccine amid mounting unease among older people who have been unable to get the jab at surgeries and pharmacies outside of London.

Deliveries of this year’s adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV) – a new, more effective vaccine that has been recommended for patients aged over 65 – have been staggered because there is only one supplier.

However, some people say they are being told that it won’t be available in their area for several weeks.



No sweat in the future ... Brexit ... endless supplies .... at £ 40 per jab ?
Yet another NHS flu jab fiasco !

After vaccine that didn’t work, now thousands of over-65s are struggling to get one after improved batch was ordered months later than usual
Shortages have been reported in areas including Bristol, Kent, Devon and Essex.

The problems have been blamed on the rollout of a new, much more effective jab.

It led to supplies being ordered several months later than they usually are.

One pharmacist has said he does not expect new supplies until after Christmas.

Flu season begins in December, and it takes at least two weeks for jab to work.
Britons urged to get flu vaccine as critical cases rise above 2,000.

Virus has killed 200 and left many more in intensive care units over winter period.


https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... above-2000

Flu has left more than 2,000 Britons needing life-or-death treatment in an intensive care unit (ICU) this winter, even though the virus is circulating at unusually low levels.

Senior doctors said as many people were at risk of dying as during the pandemics of 2009-10 and 2010-11, despite the small numbers contracting the virus.

One leading expert said the strain of flu this winter was so virulent that it had left people who were previously fit and healthy critically ill, some of whom hospitals have been unable to save. Those who have not had this year’s winter flu vaccine appear to be most at risk.

Pregnant women and adults with a long-term medical condition who contract the virus are most likely to end up struggling to breathe so badly that they could die, said Public Health England (PHE). This strain of flu is following a dangerously different pattern than usual, with comparatively few people visiting their GP about it but large numbers becoming so unwell they risk dying.

In total, 2,182 people in the UK have had to be admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) or high-dependency unit (HDU) because of flu since the start of October. That is more than the 2,045 who needed such care in the same period last year, when the virus was much more prevalent. Flu has killed 195 this winter, though that is down on the 241 deaths that occurred in the same period in 2017-18.
Pregnant women and adults with a long-term medical condition who contract the virus are most likely to end up struggling to breathe so badly that they could die, said Public Health England (PHE). This strain of flu is following a dangerously different pattern than usual, with comparatively few people visiting their GP about it but large numbers becoming so unwell they risk dying.
.... because people are encouraged not to visit a doctor/ can't get an appointment or become too unwell to visit the surgery?

On another note: a lot of children of age to have the nasal spray vaccine at our school don't have it. There are some very vulnerable children at our school and even those that aren't are very "good" at spreading germs as due to their special needs they put things in their mouths, lick things etc

Melly1
Flu jabs will be delayed by two weeks, supplier warns GPs.

Thousands of patients will have to wait for winter flu vaccinations as one of NHS’s main suppliers warns of delays.



Thousands of patients will have to wait to receive their winter flu jab after one of the NHS’s main suppliers warned GP surgeries that the vaccine would be delayed by two weeks.

The hold-up involves the flu jab which people aged 16 to 65 and also pregnant women were due to start receiving next month to protect them during the winter months.

It means that patients enrolled at some surgeries – including those whose health makes them more vulnerable to flu – will not be able to have their jab as soon as they wanted.

Sanofi Pasteur, which supplies about a third of the 3m jabs administered by GP practices every year in England, has written to surgeries to alert them to the delay.

The hitch will cause problems for hospitals, which also immunise people against flu, although on a much smaller scale than GPs.

It is understood that manufacturing and packaging problems, rather than Brexit, lie behind the hold-up.

In its letter the firm says 60% of surgeries that were due to receive the first of three planned deliveries of the vaccine in the week beginning 7 October will still do so. However, 25% will not get their deliveries until a week later and 15% will have to wait two weeks, until the week beginning 21 October.

But, the letter adds, deliveries of the second batch of supplies due to start arriving at hospitals and GP practices in the weeks beginning 14 and 21 October respectively will also be delayed, again by one or two weeks. “Impact on second deliveries: 100% of second deliveries delayed”, it says.

Delivery of the third and final supplies, due at hospitals from 4 November and GP practices from 18 November, “remains unchanged at this current time”, the letter adds.

This is the second delay to supplies of Sanofi’s quadrivalent influenza vaccine that it planned to deliver to the NHS this autumn.

The first hold-up occurred in July as a result of the World Health Organization taking longer than expected to decide which strains of flu this winter’s jab should cover.

Under-16s and those over 65 receive a slightly different version of the vaccine to the one affected by this delay.

The jabs are important because flu is thought to kill about 8,000 people a year in England, of whom 6,000 have a serious problem with their heart or lungs.

There are fears that the UK could be hit this winter by the same particularly virulent strain of flu that circulated in Australia over the summer – their winter – which claimed lives.

Individual GP surgeries in England have a contract with the drug firms that make the flu vaccine and purchase it directly, and are then repaid by the NHS for immunising patients.