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Influenza: Vaccination

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of people over 60 years who received a vaccination against influenza in 2007-08. (265327)

Uptake of the influenza vaccine is collected for those aged 65 and over and those aged under 65 in a clinical at risk group. The Department is unable to provide a figure for the proportion of people aged over 60 years who received the vaccine.

In 2007-08, 73.5 per cent. of people aged 65 and over received the influenza vaccine.

These figures only cover those who received the vaccine as part of the national health service influenza programme. It does not cover those who receive the vaccine privately.