Flu and acute respiratory illness in prisons and secure settings: information for staff

How to respond to cases of seasonal flu in prisons, including vaccination, treatment and managing outbreaks.

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The information of this guidance has been superseded by information in Acute respiratory illness, including flu and COVID-19 in prisons.

Applies to England


[Withdrawn] Flowchart: management of acute respiratory illness in prisons and places of detention

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This guidance is for staff in prisons and other secure settings in England, including:

  • prison governors and directors
  • prison healthcare staff
  • NHS England area teams
  • UKHSA health protection teams
  • immigration removal centre healthcare teams
  • staff in secure training centres

Separate guidance is available for flu in the children and young people’s secure estate.

Published 1 October 2013
Last updated 6 April 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added Management of acute respiratory illness in prisons and places of detention guidance and flowchart (moved from previous landing page).

  2. Updated with guidance for 2021 to 2022.

  3. Updated guidance for 2020 to 2021 flu season.

  4. Replaced the guidance with the latest version (2019 to 2020).

  5. Added latest version of document.

  6. Updated with guidance for 2017 to 2018 flu season.

  7. Uploaded 2016 to 2017 version

  8. Updated with guidance for 2015 to 2016 flu season.

  9. Updated in line with current guidance.

  10. First published.