Interactive Guide to the Flu Season 2011/12

Track the progress of the flu season and the effect on GP workload with our series of interactive guides following consultation rates, vaccination uptake and more across each of the UK countries.

This interactive guide lets you examine trends in the current flu season (2011/12) and, in some cases, compare with previous seasons.

The guide includes figures on GP consultations for flu-like illness, including by age-group and region, as well as the number of calls to NHS Direct and vaccination uptake rates among the various at-risk groups.

These charts will be automatically updated each Thursday when the various public health agencies across the UK publish their weekly figures.

Country-specific guides:

What is the impact on GP workload across the UK?

This graph shows a UK-wide view of GP consultations for influenza-like illness, viewed by authorities as a proxy measure for the extent and spread of the seasonal flu virus.

It will track GP consultation rates as the season progresses. Last year, Northern Ireland saw the biggest spike, easily surpassing 200 consultations per 100,000 per week – the level at which an outbreak is deemed an epidemic. This is shown as a dark grey line on this graph.

While Scotland did not experience a peak last winter, both England and Wales had moderately severe seasons in 2010/11.

At the beginning of the 2011/12 season, consultations for flu in each of the UK countries* are generally lower than they were at the beginning of the previous season.

Source: Health Protection Agency (HPA). England data include some practices in Wales.

Have uptake rates for the seasonal flu jab improved over the past decade?

Hover over the chart below to examine trends in vaccination rates with the trivalent seasonal flu vaccine among over 65s and at-risk groups across the four devolved nations in the UK over the past decade.

1. Over-65s

* Figure for vaccine uptake in Wales in 2006-07 not available.

2. At-risk

* Some figures for previous years not available

HPA, RCGP, Northern Ireland Public Health Agency, Health Protection Scotland and Public Health Wales.



How to use this guide
  • Hover over a data point within a chart and a pop-up will appear giving more information about the year in question.
  • Move your mouse over one of the colours in the key on the right side of the graphic to highlight the trend line relating to that series. You can also click to further highlight all the individual data points that make up the line.
  • To get started, scroll down to view data for the whole of the UK, or click on the box above to explore more information about the flu season in each of the four UK nations: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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