Influenza (Flu)

Never underestimate the flu…

In 2017 a care home in Sutton experienced a flu outbreak in their home. This short film based on true events, shows the impact of the flu outbreak to staff and residents at the home.

This long version is most suited to team meetings and this short version is for social media.

Facts about Flu

  • Catching flu can be serious. In 2017/18 it is estimated that 26,000 deaths were associated with flu.
  • You can have flu without any symptoms and pass it on to residents, family and friends, many of whom may be at increased risk of flu.
  • There is good evidence that the vaccine reduces the amount of severe illness and helps stop people needing to be in hospital.
  • Sometimes side effects of the vaccine can mimic mild flu like symptoms, but these are short lived. The vaccine cannot give you flu and is continually tested and monitored.

For more facts about flu and the vaccine visit the NHS website.

Flu vaccinations

The NHS is now offering free influenza vaccinations for all care workers. Read our quick guide on how to get your free vaccination or organise a pop up clinic for your care home.

Read our blog about why the flu vaccination is important for care home staff.

London flu website: staff can search for their local pharmacy to arrange their free flu vaccination, or care homes can book a pop up clinic under the care home tab.

A guide to myth-busting the flu and flu vaccine can be found here

Flu Outbreak Standard Operating Procedure

The London Integrated Urgent Care programme and London Heath Protection Team have agreed a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Care Homes. The resource provides information on what the Care Home needs to do if they are concerned they have a Flu Outbreak in the home and how to respond to a suspected outbreak of influenza-like illness.

Download the SOP and supporting documents.

Guidance on outbreaks of influenza in care homes: Simple guidance about how to prevent the spread of infection including effective hand washing.

National flu campaign resources

A brand new flu vaccination campaign for health and social care workers has been launched. Time to get your flu jab is delivered by Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England and NHS Improvement.

The campaign emphasises the protective benefit of the flu vaccination with a “Shield” motif and the message:

Take care of others by taking care of yourself. If you work in the community, it’s time to get you annual flu jab.

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