Flu vaccination uptake fell in all key risks groups again for the 2018/19 flu season.
Uptake rates decreased for patients aged 65 and over, those aged 6 months to under 65 years old in one or more clinical risk groups, as well as for pregnant women.
The flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu. Anyone in these at risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications from flu, such as pneumonia.
Flu vaccination uptake rates
Cumulative influenza vaccine uptake in GP registered patients from 1 September 2018 to 28 February 2019 in England was:
- 72.0% for patients aged 65 years and over decreased compared to 72.9% in 2017 to 2018
- 48.0% for patients aged 6 months to under 65 years old in 1 or more clinical risk group(s) decreased compared to 49.7% in 2017 to 2018
- 45.2% in all pregnant women decreased compared to 47.0% in 2017 to 2018
- Vaccine uptake in all 2 and 3 year olds was 44.9% in 2018 to 2019 increased compared to 44.0% in 2017 to 2018
Despite this continued reduction in uptake, 30 out of 195 CCGs achieved the WHO target uptake rate of 75% or more in those aged 65 and over. Although this is less than last season (48/195 CCGs) it was higher than the 2016/17 season when only 15 CCGs achieved their target.
Uptake for the pre-school children’s influenza vaccine programme increased to 44.9% from 44.0% the previous year. This is a further increase on the 2016/17 season and shows the effectiveness of the promotion of the vaccine.
Increasing your flu vaccination uptake
The best time for patients to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn, from the beginning of October to the end of November.
One way of increasing awareness of the vaccination is to use waiting room TV to highlight the importance of getting vaccinated to these key risk groups in the waiting room. We have a range of flu videos in our Envisage Media library to help promote the vaccination to patients and prompting them to ask for more information.
Envisage waiting room TV can used to promote practice services and educate patients on a range of health conditions. The system can also be used as a patient calling system, improving the flow of patients in your practice and saving clinical staff time.
If you are an existing Envisage user and would like help adding the new flu vaccination videos to your playlist then please contact our dedicated technical support team on 0114 399 0010, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org