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National: New Ministry of Health figures show only 54 percent of DHB staff have had a flu jab

1:20 pm on 21/06/22

By Sam Ashton

New Ministry of Health figures show that only 54 percent of DHB staff have had a flu jab.

The lowest rate in the country is Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, where just 39 per cent of workers are immunised against the flu.

These figures come despite predictions of a massive winter illnesses season, which is already contributing to long wait times in emergency departments in all major centres.

The Ministry of Health says it strongly recommended health workers get vaccinated against the flu for their own protection and to reduce the spread of flu to vulnerable patients.

DHBs such as Taranaki are offering perks and prizes to get its vaccination rate higher, including the chance to win a night in a luxury hotel.

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