The call comes after research revealed that influenza vaccination uptake levels for Great Britain are lagging below the European average.
This comes at a time when the WHO has emphasised the importance of influenza vaccination, stating that ‘the risk of a new flu pandemic is on its highest level since the last pandemic in 1968’.
This latest study assessed the levels of influenza vaccination coverage in England, Scotland and Wales for consecutive flu seasons from 2001 to 2006.
Vaccination coverage for Great Britain increased by over 3 per cent over the study period to reach 25.9 per cent, but still fell short of the European average, 26.5 per cent.
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