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The flu vaccine should be mandatory for frontline health staff, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland has urged. The college is calling for mandatory vaccination because it is the only intervention to date that has been proven to achieve vaccine rates of more than 95%. The vaccine uptake for the 2017/18 was reported to be 45% and a new target of 60% has been set for the current flu season. Uptake has generally been higher in larger hospitals and highest in children's hospitals, at about 58%. Studies have shown that flu infection occurs in about one in five healthcare workers, a rate that is higher than in other workers. A report – Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Workers, publis... Full story

18 October