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Influenza

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the population was inoculated against influenza in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09. (268735)

The seasonal influenza programme is a targeted vaccination campaign. The Department recommends that all people aged 65 and over and people aged under 65 years who are in clinical at-risk groups receive the annual influenza vaccine. The uptake information for England is shown in the following table:

Percentage

Uptake 2006-07

Uptake 2007-08

Uptake 2008-09

Influenza vaccine uptake in people aged 65 and over

74.0

73.5

74.1

Influenza vaccine uptake in people aged under 65 at-risk

43

45

47.1

Information for each strategic health authority and primary care trust is published on the website:

www.immunisation.nhs.uk

This information covers those who received the vaccine as part of the national health service influenza programme. It does not cover those who receive the vaccine privately.