MPs to demand flu jabs for all care home workers to reduce the infection risk for the elderly

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ALL social care workers in homes should have the flu jab, MPs say today – after it emerged at least three quarters were an infection risk to the elderly last year.

The Commons Science and Technology committee said a Public Health England survey of care homes showed at best a quarter of care home staff had taken the vaccination last year.

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MPs have called for all social care workers to be vaccinated to minimise infection risk[/caption]

That was despite 2017-18 seeing the worst flu outbreak in seven years.

MPs said all social care workers should be vaccinated and called for a review into whether all healthcare workers across the board should be forced by law to get the jab.

The cross-party report found data on vaccination rates in care homes was not routinely collected making it hard to check the rates of uptake.

And they said although more healthcare workers had received jab, there was still a huge variation.

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Research found at best a quarter of care home staff had the flu jab last year[/caption]


In some trusts the level was as high as 92 per cent but others only 39 per cent.

Committee chair Norman Lamb said: “The huge variation in uptake rates of the flu vaccination among healthcare workers is unacceptable.

“The fact that some trusts manage to get such high uptake rates demonstrates that what is being asked is not unachievable.

“The time has now come for the Government to consider whether the flu vaccine should be mandatory for healthcare workers.”

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