Interactive Guide to the Flu Season 2011/12: England

Examine how seasonal flu is affecting practice workload and populations across England.

Country-specific guides:

 

What is the impact on GP workload in England?

The GP consultation rate for flu-like illness in England*. Source: HPA  Includes figures from practices in Wales.


How does the severity of flu vary by region of England?

How are different age-groups being affected across England?

GP consultations for flu-like illness, stratified by age group. Source: RCGP


What proportion of people in England are phoning NHS Direct for flu symptoms?

A view of the proportion of all calls to NHS Direct or NHS 24 that are related to flu-like symptoms. Source: HP



 

How many patients in England have had the jab this season?

Rates of vaccination with the trivalent seasonal flu vaccine among over 65s, at-risk groups and pregnant women.

 

Over 65s: England’s CMO Dame Sally Davies has called on GPs and other health professionals to aim to reach or exceed 75% uptake for people aged 65 and over in 2011/12.

Last winter, in 2010/11, uptake was 72.8% in this group.
   
At-risk groups: Clinical risk groups include but are not limited to patients with the following conditions: chronic respiratory disease, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease, diabetes and immunosuppression. See the DoH’s Green Book on Immunisation Against Infectious Disease.

Dame Sally has also called for 75% uptake among at-risk groups, as recommended by the EU. Last season, just 50.4% of people in this group were vaccinated.
   
Pregnant women: Pregnant women were included in the seasonal flu vaccination programme for the first time during the 2009/10 seasonal flu programme, while pandemic swine flu was still circulating. They became part of the formal programme from this year, 2011/12, onwards.

The DoH wants GPs to be vaccinating 75% of pregnant women each winter by 2013/14. In 2010/11, 56.6% of pregnant women in an at-risk group and 36.6% of healthy pregnant women were vaccinated.

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