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Government hails ‘encouraging’ vaccination uptake rates in at-risk groups

2nd December 2015

The first monthly flu vaccination figures for at-risk groups have been described as "encouraging" by Public Health England and NHS England.

Figures from 7,059 GP practices – 91 percent of all practices in England – show vaccine uptake rates of 31.8 percent in all pregnant women, up from 30 percent in 2014-15, while the figure stands at 58.1 percent in those over 65, up from 57.1 percent last year.

For two-year-old children, the rate was 17.8 percent (up from 17.3 percent last year), 18.7 percent for three-year-olds (steady compared to 2014-15) and 15.4 percent for four-year-olds (up from 14.15 percent).

The only group for whom the percentage has fallen is those under 65 with a long-term health condition, with uptake falling to 32.8 percent from 34.9 percent.

Dr Richard Pebody, head of flu surveillance for Public Health England, said: "There is no room for complacency where flu is concerned and it's important everyone in the targeted groups takes up the vaccination."

The government is therefore urging everyone eligible for the free vaccine to make sure they receive it before the flu virus starts to circulate more widely.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801807254-ADNFCR

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