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GPs must offer flu vaccines to staff, says RCGP

By Gareth Iacobucci

GPs and NHS managers should have to offer annual flu jabs to their staff to boost the effectiveness of the vaccine, the RCGP has claimed.

The College wants to make it compulsory for GPs, nurses, and other frontline staff to be offered jabs or be stopped from having contact with patients, apart from in exceptional circumstances.

The call comes as the latest Government figures show that fewer than one in seven frontline NHS staff had a flu jab last year, despite being advised to do so by the Government.

Dr George Kassianos, RCGP immunisation spokesman said: ‘At the time of flu activity, frontline workers should have been vaccinated in advance. It should be compulsory for the employers to offer it. Managers have to say, where you are at the front, you are required to have had your flu vaccine every year.'

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