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Health: Vaccinations

Volume 718: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will conduct randomised tests on the cost-effectiveness of providing influenza vaccinations to those over 65; and what epidemiological advice they have received regarding such vaccinations. [HL2249]

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and the department recently asked the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the impact of the United Kingdom seasonal influenza programme over the past 10 years. This will include the cost-effectiveness of the programme as a whole and influenza vaccinations to those aged 65 years and older. This is a major piece of work and will be reported by the HPA in about 18 months’ time.

The HPA study will include consideration of data on influenza epidemiology, estimates of the effect of influenza on the population, and data on the performance characteristics of vaccines over the past 10 years.

The department seeks expert advice from JCVI and its influenza sub-committee on seasonal influenza vaccinations. Provision of this advice includes consideration of influenza epidemiology. Minutes of JCVI and influenza sub-committee meetings that include the advice given are placed on the JCVI website: www.dh.gov.uk/ab/jcvi/index.htm