NHS England teamed up with Public Health England, the Department of Health and NHS Improvement to develop the measures, which include:
NHS England says that while record numbers of NHS staff were vaccinated in 2016, one in three still failed to do so – with the figure being as low as one in five in some trusts.
NHS England national medical director Sir Bruce Keogh said: “This is a timely reminder to employers and staff that we all have a professional responsibility to protect ourselves, and by doing so better protect our patients and reducing the pressure on services.”
Planned expansions to the national flu vaccination programme for key groups include:
PHE medical director, professor Paul Cosford, said: “This year we are offering the nasal spray vaccine to more children than ever. Ensuring children get vaccinated is extremely important not only to protect them from flu but also to stop them spreading it to vulnerable groups they come into contact with.
“For someone with a long-term health condition like asthma or COPD, flu has the potential to turn very serious. We want as many eligible people as possible to get their jab, as it is the best way to protect everyone from flu and minimise the burden on the NHS during the season when it faces the most pressures.”