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Delivering the flu vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic

Catherine Heffernan explains why vaccinating for influenza will be even more crucial this winter

In July 2020, the UK government announced its most ambitious seasonal influenza (‘flu) vaccination programme to date. The eligible cohorts for the annual vaccination were extended to include 50-64 year olds, people shielding and their household contacts and children in their first year of secondary school. National ambitions have increased to achieving 75% uptake across all cohorts and 100% offer for health care workers.1 This is quite a task. Last year (2019/20), while 72.4% of over 65s were vaccinated, only 44.9% of the ‘clinical at risk’ group (patients aged 6 months to under 65 years), 43.7% of all pregnant women, 60.4% of primary school children and 43.8% of age 2 and 3 year olds received the flu vaccination.2 In health care workers, 74.3% of frontline workers received the flu vaccination.3 In some areas of the country this will mean doubling the output in order to achieve the ambitions this year.

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