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Influenza: Vaccination

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners have received free influenza inoculations in each year since the introduction of the policy. (270153)

The seasonal influenza programme is a targeted vaccination campaign. The Department has recommended since the 2000-01 season that all people aged 65 and over and those under 65 years who are in specific clinical at-risk groups receive the annual influenza vaccine. Seasonal influenza vaccine uptake data for England are published annually in NHS Immunisation Statistics, England, copies of which have already been placed in the Library for years up to 2007-08.

Vaccination uptake by those aged 65 years and over for 2008-09 was 74.1 per cent.