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Influenza immunisation programme 2011/12

The Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health has written (PDF) to colleagues within the NHS to provide details of the recommended influenza immunisation programme for 2011/12. The influenza chapter of the Green Book has also been updated.

The letter contains information on the following:

  • Groups eligible for the seasonal flu vaccination for 2011/12
  • Dosage, consent and patient leaflet
  • Further advice on immunising pregnant women
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • Improving uptake and data collections
  • Vaccine virus strains and available vaccines
  • Vaccine supply
  • Contractual arrangements, service reviews and funding

The letter recommends a vaccination uptake target of 75% for both the over 65 age group and the under 65 with a clinical risk group. For this campaign it is also noted that poultry workers are no longer considered a risk group for seasonal flu and are not recommended for vaccination.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of the target groups for the seasonal influenza immunisation programme this year and the recommendation to reach 75% uptake.

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