Care home workers ‘must have a flu jab to protect the elderly’ MPs warn, as it emerges only one in four get vaccinated
- Failure of workers to get the optional vaccination is ‘outrageous and shocking’
- Commons science and technology committee said it expected ‘full coverage’
- More must be done to protect the vulnerable people in care homes, MPs said
Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb, chairman of the Commons science and technology committee said ‘more must be done to protect’ vulnerable people in care homes
Elderly people in care homes and hospitals are at a greater risk of catching flu because of an ‘outrageous and shocking’ failure of staff to get vaccinated, MPs warned yesterday.
Medical and care home staff are spreading the flu because so many are not taking the optional vaccination, they said, adding that the jab should be compulsory for all front-line healthcare workers.
The Commons science and technology committee said it expected ‘full coverage’ for social care workers, but ‘at best’ only one in four care home workers took the jab.
Committee chairman Norman Lamb said: ‘The flu season is upon us again and it’s outrageous that so few social care staff appear to be vaccinated.
Medical and care home staff are spreading the flu because so many are not taking the optional vaccination
‘Some of our most vulnerable people are living in care homes and more must be done to protect them.
‘Everyone caring for the elderly and infirm should see it as a professional duty to minimise the risk of passing on flu.
‘The Government should aim for 100 per cent vaccination of social care workers.’