Exclusive: Survey reveals 1 in 4 GPs say flu jabs unnecessary

A quarter of all GPs believe that flu jabs are unnecessary, according to an exclusive GP survey.

Of the 310 GPs questioned, 25.3 per cent of GPs said that influenza immunisation is not needed.

Also 72 per cent of GPs were against the RCGP's proposals for the flu programme to be extended to include people aged 50-65 and children under the age of two.

At present, all people over 65, those in nursing homes, patients with chronic respiratory disease, CHD, chronic renal disease and the immunocompromised are targeted for flu vaccination.

The GP survey also showed that 77 per cent of GPs have seen no increase in the number of patients coming forward for a flu jab this flu season compared with 2006/7.

The DoH put £115 million into this year's flu immunisation campaign. But in negotiations over changes to the quality framework, it wanted to drop 18 quality points for vaccinating patients with CHD, diabetes, COPD or a history of stroke or TIA.


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