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Flu Vaccinations on the Rise for 2015

Posted on 02.12.2015

Latest figures from PHE (Public Health England) show that the number of flu vaccines given to patients for free at their GP practice has risen this year in comparison to previous years.

Data provided by PHE and RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners) previously suggested that the number of vaccines was declining, causing concern that the public may be avoiding the jab or visiting their local pharmacy for the vaccination instead.

The data shows a rise in vaccinations of 1.8% in pregnant women, 1% in age 65+ patients, and 0.5% in 2 year-old children. There has however, been a 2% decrease in vaccinations for patients under 65 years old with long term health conditions.

PHE are urging those with existing health conditions to receive the jab as this will prevent the virus from circulating.

Dr Richard Pebody, head of flu surveillance for PHE said:

‘It’s not too late for people in "at risk" groups to get the vaccine for free. This includes people with health conditions, even those that are well managed, such as asthma, diabetes, heart, lung, liver or renal diseases, those with weakened immune systems, as well as older people and pregnant women. Anyone in these groups who hasn’t yet had the vaccine should contact their GP, pharmacist or midwife.’

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