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Word on the Street: Should NHS workers be made to have a flu jab to protect patients?

PUBLISHED: 14:41 05 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:33 07 December 2017

Certain groups of people are eligible for a free flu jab. Picture: GEVORG GEVORGYAN/GETTY IMAGES

Certain groups of people are eligible for a free flu jab. Picture: GEVORG GEVORGYAN/GETTY IMAGES

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NHS bosses in Ipswich are struggling to convince their own staff to have a flu jab – we asked people in Ipswich what they thought of the issue.

Despite a heightened campaign to encourage the public to get vaccinated, NHS bosses are struggling to get their own staff to have the injection.

The flu jab is free for health service workers to protect patients but uptake for the injection at Ipswich Hospital is below the target.

The hospital is currently at 52%, which is above the national average of 46% for acute trusts – however its target is 70%.

Trust figures reveal sickness rates at the hospital have risen to their highest level since January, with one of the top reasons listed as “cold/cough/flu”.

You can read the full story here: Should NHS workers be made to have a flu jab to protect patients?

Groups eligible for a free flu jab include everyone aged 65 and over, people with particular long-term medical conditions, young children, carers, pregnant women and health service workers.

To arrange to have a flu vaccination, members of the public should contact their GP.

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