People with long-term health conditions urged to get flu vaccine before Christmas

Health chiefs, and a coalition of charities, are urging people with long-term health conditions to get the flu vaccine before the virus starts to circulate. Public Health England (PHE) analysis shows 6 in 10 deaths from flu are seen in people with underlying conditions. A coalition of charities, including the British Heart Foundation and Mencap, are joining PHE and the NHS in urging them to get vaccinated before Christmas. Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications for those living with a long-term health condition, including: respiratory and heart conditions diabetes kidney disease liver disease chronic neurological disease like multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy…

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National flu immunisation programme plan

Published 20 March 2017 Last updated 1 December 2020 + show all updates 1 December 2020Added statement of amendments to annual flu letter and summary table of which influenza vaccines to offer. 18 November 2020Added statement on the childhood flu programme: the alternative offer to live attenuated Influenza vaccine. 5 August 2020Added national flu immunisation programme 2020 to 2021 update letter. 14 May 2020Added the annual national programme letter for 2020 to 2021. 22 March 2019Added the annual national programme letter for 2019 to 2020. 26 March 2018Added the national flu immunisation programme letter for 2018 to 2019. 20 March 2017First published. Source link

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Flu vaccination: information about the extended programme

Flu vaccination: information about the extended programme Ref: PHE publications gateway number: GW-1773 HTML Flu vaccination: information about the extended programme (print version) Ref: PHE gateway number 2020359 PDF, 232KB, 2 pages This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Source link

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Flu vaccine uptake among people aged 65+ on track to be highest on record

From 1 December, 50 to 64 years olds will also be eligible for a free vaccine. Uptake is also the highest it has ever been in 2 and 3 year olds, at 47.6% and 49.4%, data published by Public Health England shows. As part of this year’s expanded NHS flu vaccination programme, children in Year 7 have been offered the vaccine for the first time this year. Uptake in this year is higher than all other school groups, with more than a quarter (158,748) of Year 7 children vaccinated by the end of October. As well as protecting them from flu, vaccinating children – who are known to…

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Seasonal flu vaccine uptake in children of school age: monthly data, 2020 to 2021

Seasonal flu vaccine uptake in school age children: provisional monthly data for 1 September 2020 to 31 October 2020 MS Excel Spreadsheet, 1.21MB This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Source link

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Seasonal flu vaccine uptake in GP patients: monthly data, 2020 to 2021

Seasonal flu vaccine uptake in GP patients: provisional monthly data for 1 September 2020 to 31 October 2020 by Region and STP ODS, 257KB This file is in an OpenDocument format This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Seasonal flu vaccine uptake in GP patients: provisional monthly data for 1 September 2020 to 31 October 2020…

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Flu vaccination: reminder letters – GOV.UK

For the first time, this year, the NHS is implementing a national call and recall service to remind people who is eligible to get a flu vaccination. The flu vaccination reminder letters, from the national service, are in addition to the correspondence that GPs and school immunisation providers send out inviting patients for a flu vaccination, and this is stated in the national letters. The national letters serve as a reminder rather than an invite and direct people to the types of vaccine provider service that is appropriate for the cohort they are in (for instance, over-65s should visit their registered GP or a participating community pharmacy). Source…

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Avian influenza (bird flu) identified at Cheshire broiler breeder

Avian influenza of the H5N8 strain has been confirmed at a premises near Frodsham in Cheshire today (Monday 2 November). Further testing is underway to determine if it is a highly pathogenic strain and whether it is related to the virus currently circulating in Europe. All 13,000 birds at the farm, which produces hatching eggs, will be humanely culled to limit the spread of the disease. 3km and 10km temporary control zones have been put in place around the infected site to limit the risk of the disease spreading. This case is unrelated to the H5N2 strain which was confirmed in at a small commercial premises near Deal…

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