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a flu vaccination imageMay 30 2018

Flu vaccine uptake among people aged 65 years or over increased to 72.6% for the 2017-18 flu season, Public Health England has announced. 

The 7,426,917 vaccinations for an eligible population of 10,235,533 was an increase from 70.5% in 2016-17, but still short of the uptake ambition of 75%. This is the figure suggested as the World Health Organization target for this cohort.

Among patients aged 6 months to under 65 years in a clinical at-risk group, vaccine uptake was 48.9% in the 2017-18 season ((3,344,593 vaccines for 6,836,969 eligible patients), a slight increase from 48.6% in the 2016-17 season.

Other figures highlighted in the report ‘Seasonal influenza vaccine uptake in GP patients: winter season 2017 to 2018. Final data for 1 September 2017 to 31 January 2018’ include vaccine uptakes of:

  • 47.2% (303,875/643,941) in all pregnant women, compared to 44.9% in 2016 to 2017);
  • 42.8% (290,494/679,391) for all 2-year-olds, compared to 38.9% in 2016 to 2017);
  • 44.2% (302,656/ 684,953) for all 3-year-olds, compared to 41.5% in 2016 to 2017);
  • 39.9% (189,228/474,073) for carers (under 65 years and not at-risk), compared to 44.9% in 2016 to 2017.

London generally had the lowest rates of vaccination, while Greater Manchester achieved the highest levels. Data response rates from GP practices was 99.8% for elderly and at-risk group vaccination. 

Links:
PHE announcement      
PHE. ‘Seasonal influenza vaccine uptake in GP patients: winter season 2017 to 2018. Final data for 1 September 2017 to 31 January 2018’

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