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Flu vaccine uptake among people aged 65+ on track to be highest on record

 

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Flu vaccine uptake among people aged 65+ on track to be highest on record

Three-quarters of those aged 65 and over in England have received the free vaccine so far this year. From 1 December, 50 to 64 years olds will also be eligible for a free vaccine.

Uptake is also the highest it has ever been in 2 and 3 year olds, at 47.6% and 49.4%, data published by Public Health England shows.  As part of this year’s expanded NHS flu vaccination programme, children in Year 7 have been offered the vaccine for the first time this year. Uptake in this year is higher than all other school groups, with more than a quarter (158,748) of Year 7 children vaccinated by the end of October.