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Key vaccine information: Seasonal flu

  • Last modified date:
    13 October 2011

Influenza - flu - is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. Each year, the make-up of the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter. This page contains further information for health professionals on flu vaccine.

Seasonal flu plan Winter 2011/12

The Seasonal Flu Plan sets out a coordinated and evidence based approach to planning for and responding to the demands of seasonal flu across England. It will provide the public and healthcare professionals with an overview of coordination of preparation for seasonal flu and signposts where further guidance and information can be found

Programme information 2010/11

Seasonal flu campaign information 2010

The annual seasonal flu immunisation campaign aims to encourage take-up of the vaccine by everyone aged 65 or over, people who live in residential or nursing home, people who are carers, and pregnant women.

Vaccine uptake data collection information

Flu vaccine uptake data collection guidance for 2009/10

For those of you busy planning this year's flu immunisation programme and working with your local GP practices, you may find it helpful to refer them to the list of Read Codes that identify patients in at-risk groups who are recommended flu vaccination. As well as available via the information portal on the Health Protection Informatics (HPI) website, they can now be accessed here. The Read Codes in the PRIMIS+ document have been prepared primarily for data collection purposes but can also be used to identify patients who should be offered flu vaccination. It should be noted that there may be individuals who fall outside the Read Code specifications (either due to omissions in the dataset or because of an patient's individual clinical need) but who should be considered for vaccination.

Clinical risk groups - read codes prepared by PRIMIS+

The Read Codes in the PRIMIS+ document have benn prepared primarily for data collection purposes but can also be used to identify patients who should be offered flu vaccination. It should be noted that there may be individuals who fall outside the read code specifications (either due to omissions in the dataset or becauuse of a patient's individual clinical need) but who should be considered for vaccination.

Related and other immunisation publications

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