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Carers: Influenza

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many carers in England received influenza vaccinations in 2006-07. (166846)

At the end of the 2006-07 flu campaign, 47,040 carers had received a flu vaccination from those general practitioners reporting data.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many carers in England have received influenza vaccinations in 2007 to date. (166847)

By the end of October 2007, 34,731 carers received a flu vaccination from those general practitioners reporting data.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) publicity and (b) other activities his Department is planning in order to increase the number of eligible carers being offered influenza vaccinations in 2007-08. (166848)

Details of those eligible to receive their free flu vaccination this year was made available to all health professionals via the chief medical officer letter dated 30 March 2007 and also as part of the “If you knew about Flu” campaign leaflet. 2 million of these leaflets have been distributed as part of this year’s campaign.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many carers in England will be eligible for routinely-offered influenza vaccinations in accordance with the Chief Medical Officer’s guidance letter. (166853)

Flu vaccine is given to carers at the discretion of their general practitioner (GP). Based on results from the national flu vaccine uptake survey, it is estimated that around 200,000 primary carers have so far been identified by GP practices in England.

This figure is based on carers who are known to their GP and are recorded as a primary carer in their GP notes.