To help promote the flu vaccine to healthcare workers (HCWs), a range of resources have been developed as part of the 2018/19 flu immunisation campaign.

The Chief Medical Officers strongly encourage all NHS staff to get vaccinated against flu, particularly those working in areas where patients might be at greater risk. This year's target is to vaccinate 60% of frontline NHS staff. These resources are intended to support health boards achieve this target: helping you ensure staff fully understand the role flu vaccination plays in preventing transmission, and encouraging all healthcare workers (HCWs) to get vaccinated to help protect themselves and their patients from flu.

You can play your part in the campaign by sharing a new advert specifically for healthcare workers (external site). For the first time staff at every NHS Scotland health board will also have access to the Flu Bee app – an online game which encourages staff to get vaccinated.

The resources include best practice examples and advice on planning your local campaign, as well as campaign imagery that can be used on your intranet or applied to your email signature.

A campaign hashtag #ReadyForFlu and a range of suggested social media posts have also been provided for use on health boards' external communication channels.

For support using any of these resources please contact your local IT or web team.

More information on the benefits of immunisation for healthcare workers is available from NES Education Scotland: Flu vaccination for healthcare workers (external site).

To find out more about this year's public facing flu campaign visit (external site).


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