Recommendation ID

Opt-out strategies for front-line health and social care staff:- Are opt-out strategies effective and cost effective at increasing uptake of flu vaccination among front-line health and social care staff?

Any explanatory notes
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Why this is important:- The evidence indicated that mandatory flu vaccination and the use of declination policies, either as a single intervention or part of a multicomponent approach, had a large and consistent effect in increasing vaccination uptake among health and social care staff in non-UK settings. However there are potential barriers to this in the UK; in particular, the possible negative impact on employee morale, which has also been seen in qualitative studies from other countries. The
committee felt that similar increases in flu vaccination may be achievable using an opt-out strategy.
But to clarify the potential of this intervention, empirical evidence is needed on whether it is more effective and cost effective than other successful approaches for promoting uptake of flu vaccination among front-line health and social care staff in different UK settings, and what barriers and facilitators there are to its implementation from the perspective of providers and recipients; in particular, attitudes to the feasibility and acceptability of an 'opt-out' flu vaccination strategy

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Flu vaccination: increasing uptake
Date issued
August 2018

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/08/2018