Influenza: Vaccination:Written question - 136523

Q
(Bolton North East)
Asked on: 18 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Influenza: Vaccination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the rate of uptake of free flu vaccines among vulnerable groups during winter 2017-18.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 26 April 2018

In the 2017/18 flu season the uptake rate was higher across all at-risk groups in England compared to the previous year.

Provisional uptake data for England on flu vaccines administered from 1 September 2017 to 31 January 2018 for those aged 65 years and over; those under 65 years in an at-risk group; and pregnant women is as follows:

At risk cohorts

Percentage (%) Vaccine uptake 2016/17

% Vaccine uptake 2017/18

% points difference: 2017/18 versus 2016/17

65 years and over

70.4

72.6

+2.2

6 months to under 65 (in a clinical at-risk group)

48.7

48.9

+0.2

All pregnant women

44.8

47.2

+2.4

Further information is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/seasonal-flu-vaccine-uptake-in-gp-patients-monthly-data-2017-to-2018

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