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Influenza Vaccinations

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons for the delay in the supply of influenza vaccine this year have been; and what financial or other penalties have been imposed on the suppliers. (110302)

Manufacturers encountered a problem in growing one of the three virus strains recommended by the World Health Organization to be included in this year’s vaccine. This problem affected all European and international production.

General practitioners order their own vaccine direct from the supplier(s) of their choice and enter into their own contract agreement. Therefore, no financial penalties have been imposed by the Department.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people over 65 in (a) Ludlow constituency, (b) Shropshire and (c) the West Midlands have received an influenza vaccination in the past 12 months. (110315)

The information is not available in the format requested.

Provisional data for the 2006-07 influenza immunisation programme show that by the end of November 2006, 59 per cent. of people aged over 65 years had been vaccinated in the Shropshire County primary care trust area and 62 per cent. of people aged over 65 years had been vaccinated in the NHS West Midlands area.

The table shows the percentage of persons aged 65 and over immunised against influenza during October 2005 to January 2006 in the primary care trusts in the three former strategic health authorities in the West Midlands.

Percentage

West Midlands

74

Birmingham and The Black Country

73

Dudley Beacon and Castle PCT

75

Dudley South PCT

73

Eastern Birmingham PCT

73

Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT

77

North Birmingham PCT

72

Oldbury and Smethwick PCT

67

Rowley Regis and Tipton PCT

72

Solihull PCT

75

South Birmingham PCT

73

Walsall Teaching PCT

75

Wednesbury and West Bromwich PCT

67

Wolverhampton City PCT

73

Shropshire and Staffordshire

74

Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth PCT

72

Cannock Chase PCT

74

East Staffordshire PCT

70

Newcastle-under-Lyme PCT

76

North Stoke PCT

75

Shropshire County PCT

76

South Stoke PCT

76

South Western Staffordshire PCT

72

Staffordshire Moorlands PCT

74

Telford and Wrekin PCT

74

West Midlands South

76

Coventry Teaching PCT

71

Herefordshire PCT

78

North Warwickshire PCT

74

Redditch and Bromsgrove PCT

76

Rugby PCT

75

South Warwickshire PCT

79

South Worcestershire PCT

76

Wyre Forest PCT

79

Source: HPA.