Just 1 in 4 healthcare workers in Ireland have received flu vaccine

Just one in four employees in hospitals, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have been vaccinated against flu despite a three-year awareness campaign by the Irish Health Service Executive to try to boost numbers.

Now health employers trying to encourage staff to have the free vaccine are being advised to “make it attractive”.

Among the measures suggested are incentives and rewards, such as “raffles, spot prizes, chocolates”. They are also being told to consider running competitions between departments and teams in the workplace with the uptake for each group being published for all to see.

To read more about the measures Irish hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities are taking to promote flu vaccine uptake, please click here.