Public Health Wales, supported by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, has launched the Beat Flu campaign to encourage influenza vaccination in those most in need of protection.

Included in the list of eligible recipients of the vaccine are a number of at-risk groups, such as:

  • pregnant women
  • people with some long-term health conditions
  • people aged 65 years and over
  • children aged 2–8 years
  • carers
  • front-line health and social care workers.

Carers and health and social care professionals are being encouraged to get vaccinations, to help protect against people receiving care who are ill with influenza. This prevents the illness spreading to care providers, as well as avoiding spreading to other healthy patients through care providers. Flu vaccination for healthcare workers with direct patient contact is fully supported by the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Nursing.

Chapter 19 of Public Health England’s Immunisation against infectious disease, or the Green Book, contains useful information on current influenza management policy, including at-risk groups.