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Influenza: Vaccination

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that immunosuppressive people with a prescription for influenza vaccine have access to the vaccine; and if he will make a statement. (274943)

The national policy is that seasonal influenza vaccine should be offered to all those aged six months or over in a clinical at-risk group, including immunosuppression. The responsibility for ordering seasonal influenza vaccines for the target population lies with general practitioners (GPs). GPs have a contractual responsibility to their primary care trust under the Primary Medical Services (Directed Enhanced Services) (England) Directions 2006 to develop a proactive and preventative approach to offering immunisation against influenza with the aim of maximising uptake in the interest of at-risk patients.