Flu campaign 2018
Resources for care homes
Winter is coming and so is the Flu! Are you prepared?
Get your staff vaccinated
By getting the flu vaccine you and your staff are helping to protect yourselves, your families and the vulnerable people you care for. It is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that causes excess deaths every year and it's really important that as many people as possible receive the vaccine.
All health and social care staff are eligible for a free flu vaccination. Please do everything you can to encourage your staff to have the vaccination. All your staff need to do is go to their GP or local pharmacy with their staff name badge.
If you have lots of staff who are going to have the vaccination, you can arrange for a local pharmacist to come to your care home and run a pop-up clinic. It may be possible to arrange this with your own pharmacy or alternatively, book a pop-up clinic via www.londonflu.co.uk
We have produced a short video about a flu outbreak in a local care home – we would encourage you to share this with your staff as the messages are very powerful. It can be viewed here:
Run a local 'flu fighter campaign'
What about starting your own local campaign? There is a lot of information and free resources available from http://www.nhsemployers.org/campaigns/flu-fighter and a specific guide for social care is available at http://www.nhsemployers.org/case-studies-and-resources/2018/06/flu-fighter-guide-for-social-care
Use the Winter-preparedness checklist
Two checklists are available from Public Health England - one to prepare for flu and one to prepare for Norovirus. You should have received the 'Winter-readiness information for London care homes' from the council which contains lots of information [ but it's also included with this letter for completeness].
Consider your business continuity plan
Does your business continuity plan outline what is required/in place in case of an infection outbreak in your home? What if a large number of your staff are taken ill and cannot work, or the care home has to close to admissions? Considering your options now will reduce the impact should the worst case scenario happen.
If you need any help or advice, please speak to:
- Caroline Pollington, Quality Assurance and Improvement Nurse, Direct line: 020 8251 0549, Mobile: 07557 135335
- Debbie Calver, Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Specialist, (direct line) 020 3668 1311, (mobile) 07767 352332