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Influenza vaccination uptake monitoring on behalf of the Department of Health

The 2012/13 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Uptake Programme

Recommendations made by the Department of Health (DH) for winter season 2012/13 have been published; please refer to the CMO Letter dated 3 May 2012 Influenza Immunisation Programme Winter 2012/13 [external link]. This letter contains information about the annual seasonal influenza immunisation programme for 2012/13, including influenza immunisation for frontline health and social care staff.

Also updated is chapter 19 on Influenza in the Green Book (Immunisation Against Infectious Diseases) [external link] last published 3 November 2011.

2011/12 Results

At the end of winter season 2011/12, vaccine uptake data in GP patient groups showed that overall 74.0% of people aged 65 years or over had been vaccinated (cumulative data covering seasonal flu vaccine administered from 1 September 2011 to end of 31 January 2012). Vaccine uptake for patients aged 6 months to under 65 years in a clinical risk group showed a slight increase from 50.4% last season to 51.6% this year. The response rate from all 151 Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) increased from 97.7% to 99.5% (8116/8155 of GP practices responding in England).

Vaccine uptake data in pregnant women showed that for 'healthy' pregnant women (those without other risk factors and not carers) uptake reached 25.5%. For pregnant women in a risk group, vaccine uptake reached 50.8%.

Data tables presenting final cumulative vaccine uptake data for 2011/12 for those aged 65 years and over, under 65 years at-risk and pregnant women are now available to view and download from the DH website at the following link; Influenza Immunisation Uptake Data 2011/12. [external link]

The seasonal influenza vaccine uptake annual report for winter season 2011/12 written by the HPA (authors Fateha Begum and Dr Richard Pebody) on behalf of DH, covering the GP Patient survey was published on 26 June 2012 on the DH website. This report describes the latest vaccine uptake data in more detail at PCT and SHA level, and by clinical risk group and age and can be accessed at the following web link; Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Uptake in GP Patient Groups in England 2011/12. [external link]

A bar graph showing the vaccine uptake in those aged 65 and over since 2000

Data was also collected on the uptake of seasonal influenza vaccine among Frontline Healthcare workers (HCWs) in all NHS Trusts. Out of 403 Trusts, 401 (99.5%) provided data on vaccinations up to 31 January 2012. Overall vaccine uptake amongst HCWs was 44.6% compared with 34.7% in season 2010/11. The full report was also published on 26 June 2012; it describes the data at national and regional level and by staff group, and is available at the same web link; Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Uptake amongst Frontline Healthcare workers in England 2011/12. [external link]

2010/11 Results

At the end of winter season 2010/11, vaccine uptake data in GP patient groups showed that overall 72.8% of people aged 65 years or over had been vaccinated (cumulative data covering seasonal flu vaccine administered from 1 September 2010 to end of 28 February 2011). Vaccine uptake data for patients aged 6 months to under 65 years in a clinical risk group was 50.4%. The response rate from all 151 Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) was 97.7% (8084/8278 GP practices responding in England).

Vaccine uptake data was collected in all pregnant women for the first time in 2010/11. Results showed that for 'healthy' pregnant women (those without other risk factors and not carers) uptake reached 36.6%. For pregnant women in a risk group, vaccine uptake was 56.6%.

Data tables presenting final cumulative vaccine uptake data for 2010/11 for those aged 65 years and over, under 65 years at-risk and pregnant women are available to download from the Department of Health website at the following link; Flu Vaccine Uptake Data 2010/11 [external link].

The seasonal influenza vaccine uptake annual report for winter season 2010/11 written by the HPA (authors Fateha Begum and Dr Richard Pebody) on behalf of DH, covering the GP Patient survey was published on 6 September 2011 on the DH website. This report describes vaccine uptake data in more detail and can be accessed at the following web link; Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Uptake amongst GP Patient Groups in England 2010/11. [external link].

Uptake of seasonal influenza vaccine among Frontline Healthcare workers (HCWs) in all NHS Trusts was collected and all 388 Trusts provided data on vaccinations up to 28 February 2011. Overall vaccine uptake amongst HCWs was 34.7% compared with 26.4% in season 2009/10 (seasonal flu vaccine only). The full report was published on 6 September 2011; it describes the data at national and regional level and by staff group, and is available at the following web link;Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Uptake amongst Frontline healthcare workers in England 2010/11. [external link]

2009/10 Results

At the end of winter season 2009/10, vaccine uptake data showed that overall 72.4% of people aged 65 years or over had been vaccinated. The response rate decreased from 96.2% to 93.0% (7797/8380 GP practices responding in England).

Vaccine uptake data was also collected for patients aged 6 months to under 65 years in a clinical risk group and showed an increase from 47.1% last season to 51.6% this year.

Data reporting on vaccine uptake at PCT and SHA level, and by clinical risk group and age, has been published in the annual report for season 2009/10. This report is accessible via the DH website at the following web link; The seasonal influenza vaccine uptake annual report for winter season 2009/10 [external link] written by the HPA (authors Fateha Begum and Dr Richard Pebody) on behalf of the Department of Health.

In 2009/10 a survey was also conducted on the uptake of pandemic H1N1 vaccine among priority groups: this included those in the usual seasonal influenza clinical risk groups (all ages), pregnant women, and healthy children aged six months to under five years. 87.4% (7333/8392) of GP practices in England provided data on H1N1 vaccinations administered up to 31 March 2010. The overall national vaccine uptake in clinical risk groups (all ages, including pregnant women) was 37.6%. The Pandemic H1N1 (Swine) Influenza Vaccine Uptake amongst Patient Groups in Primary Care in England 2009/10 [external link] report describes the results of the survey by priority/risk group and age band, as well as by national, regional, and local level.

Data were also collected on the uptake of seasonal influenza vaccine and pandemic H1N1 vaccine among Healthcare workers (HCWs) in all NHS Trusts. All 389 Trusts provided data on vaccinations up to 31 March 2010. Overall pandemic H1N1 vaccine uptake amongst HCWs was 40.3%, whilst seasonal influenza vaccine uptake was 26.4%. The full report which analyses this data at national and regional level and by staff group, is accessible via the Department of Health website at the following web link; The Pandemic H1N1 (Swine Flu) and Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Uptake amongst Frontline Healthcare Workers in England 2009/10 [external link] written by the HPA (authors Monica Sethi and Dr Richard Pebody) on behalf of the Department of Health.

For further information on the recommendations made by the Department of Health for season 2009/10, please refer to the CMO's letter Influenza Immunisation Programme 2009/2010 [external link] dated 6 April 2009.

2008/09 Results

At the end of winter season 2008/09, vaccine uptake data showed that overall 74.1% of people aged 65 years or over had been vaccinated. The response rate increased from 95.4% to 96.2% (7980/8293 GP practices responding).

Vaccine uptake data was also collected for patients aged 6 months to under 65 years in a clinical risk group and showed an increase from 45.3% last season to 47.1% this year.

Vaccine uptake data by PCT and other variables for season 2008/09 are available to view on the Department of Health website. The annual report for the Influenza Vaccine Uptake Monitoring Programme for season 2008/09, written by the HPA on behalf of the Department of Health (authors Fateha Begum and Dr Richard Pebody)  is available to download from the DH website. All data can be accessed at the following link;

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publichealth/Immunisation/Keyvaccineinformation/DH_104070 [external link]

For further information on the recommendations made by the Department of Health for season 2008/09, please refer to the CMO's letterInfluenza Immunisation Programme 2008/2009 [external link] dated 31 March 2008.

2007/08 Results

At the end of winter season 2007/08, vaccine uptake data showed that overall 73.5% of people aged 65 years or over had been vaccinated. The response rate increased from 92.9% to 95.4% (7988/8375 GP practices responding).

Vaccine uptake data was also collected for patients aged 6 months to under 65 years at risk and showed an increase from 42.1% last season to 45.3% this year.

Vaccine uptake data by PCT and other variables as well as the the Annual Report for the Influenza Vaccine Uptake Monitoring Programme for 2007/08 (written by the HPA on behalf of the Department of Health) are available to view on the DH website.

F Begum and R Pebody. Vaccine uptake among the 65 years and over and under 65 years at risk for England, winter season 2007-08 (PDF, 1.3 MB)

This report can also be accessed via the DH website [external link].


Last reviewed: 15 July 2013



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