Last year, only 59% of immunosuppressed patients in the North East and North Cumbria were vaccinated against flu.
As you may know, immunosuppressed patients’ risk of influenza related mortality is 47 times higher than those not in a clinical risk group. They are also much more susceptible to suffering from complications as a result of having flu.
NHS England data shows that, on average, each practice within the North East and North Cumbria has around 50 patients who are immunosuppressed
As you will be aware the immunosuppressed patient group is very varied. General practitioners and practice nurses are key in increasing the uptake of the flu vaccine among this group of patients this year and we are seeking your support.
Other ‘at risk’ groups who are easier to reach and are being encouraged to get the flu vaccine via the NHS England and Public Health England Stay Well This Winter Campaign. Visit Stay Well This Winter for more information.
As you may be aware, your practice can find out what the flu vaccine uptake rates are for different clinical risk groups by logging onto www.immform.dh.gov.uk.
Practice managers and/or practice flu leads will have access to this information and this information may be helpful for you to use to focus your flu vaccination activity.
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