Influenza vaccination uptake summary released by Public Health England


02 / 7 / 2013 11.20am

As you continue to plan for the 2013/14 flu season, it is important to reflect on the successes of last season.

A new report from Public Health England highlights staff groups and trust types that achieved excellent uptake.

The top performers

Primary care trusts led the way with an average uptake of 49.6 per cent, followed by acute trusts with 45.3 per cent and the ambulance service with 34.2 per cent. Compared with 2010/11, uptake has increased for the majority of trusts which is an excellent achievement.

The staff groups identified were: all doctors excluding GPs; GPs only; qualified nurses excluding GP practice nurses; GP practice nurses only; all other professionally qualified clinical staff; support to clinical staff; and support to GP staff.

Congratulations goes out to the top three staff groups who all achieved an uptake well above the national average of 45.6 per cent:

• GP practice nurses - 60.6 per cent
• GPs - 52.7 per cent
• Support to clinical staff - 50.8 per cent

Looking ahead to 2013/14

The 2012/13 flu season saw the highest recorded staff flu vaccination uptake since the programme began in 2010 but there is still work to be done. There is wide variation in uptake between trusts, and despite over half of health care workers not taking advantage of the vaccine, some trusts achieved an uptake of over 80 per cent and this should be celebrated.

Lets prepare for the 2013/14 flu season and make it another record breaking year! 

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