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NHS staff urged to get flu jabs to protect patients

From BBC - October 12, 2017

NHS leaders are urging nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers to have a flu vaccination to protect their patients this winter.

Vulnerable groups, such as children, pregnant women and older people are also reminded to have their free jab.

Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England's medical director, told the BBC he was worried about how staff would cope with a major flu outbreak.

He said the NHS was under "severe and unrelenting" pressure.

His comments come following reports of a much higher incidence of flu in the Australian winter and the possibility that the same strain of the virus will be seen in Europe.

NHS bosses said many people with flu showed no symptoms so healthcare workers could be unintentionally infecting vulnerable patients.

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