Thousands put health at risk by shirking flu jab

Thousands put health at risk by shirking flu jab

Thousands put health at risk by shirking flu jab

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Thousands of Sussex people have been putting their health at risk by not having a flu jab.

Figures reveal scores of elderly, pregnant and vulnerable people across Sussex have not taken up the offer of a vaccine this winter.

GP practices around the county reported the number of people eligible for the free vaccine was below average.

Around 71% of over 65s had the vaccine compared to 73.2% nationally, while those in at risk groups, such as diabetics, had a take up rate of 50.1% compared to a national average of 52.3%.

The lowest take-up rate was among pregnant women, with only 35% getting themselves and their unborn children protected.

The national average is just under 40%, which health bosses say is still too low.

Experts say there is strong evidence pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.

These include bronchitis and pneumonia and the increased chance of miscarriage.

Babies can also be born too early or have a low birth weight.

An NHS England spokesman said: “It is important that uptake rates of flu vaccines are improved and maintained to reduce levels of morbidity and mortality.

Prior to the flu season, NHS England put plans in place to improve uptake.

From Sept 2013, NHS England, in liaison with Public Health England (PHE), also monitored the uptake and vaccine ordering rates within primary care.

People are asked to speak to their GP for more information about the annual vaccine, which is available until the end of this month.

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6:45am Thu 13 Mar 14

Boloney-marshal says...

Is this a news article or an advertisement for the Pharmaceutical company who make the Flu jab. Can you please publish the research behind these claims of how effective an inoculation is. This is scare-mongering
Is this a news article or an advertisement for the Pharmaceutical company who make the Flu jab. Can you please publish the research behind these claims of how effective an inoculation is. This is scare-mongering Boloney-marshal
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7:19am Thu 13 Mar 14

RK_Brighton says...

People who are eligible for the flu vaccine should seriously consider it each year.

Proper, full on flu (nothing like a cold) can be pretty horrific for the average person, so if you're elderly, pregnant or otherwise weakened, then it can be pretty devastating.

The vaccine protects you each year from the strains of flu most likely to be in circulation that year.

So do get vaccinated, but also remember to get it each year too, as the strains will vary from year to year.

You need to stay protected.
People who are eligible for the flu vaccine should seriously consider it each year. Proper, full on flu (nothing like a cold) can be pretty horrific for the average person, so if you're elderly, pregnant or otherwise weakened, then it can be pretty devastating. The vaccine protects you each year from the strains of flu most likely to be in circulation that year. So do get vaccinated, but also remember to get it each year too, as the strains will vary from year to year. You need to stay protected. RK_Brighton
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8:26am Thu 13 Mar 14

pachallis says...

Boloney-marshal wrote:
Is this a news article or an advertisement for the Pharmaceutical company who make the Flu jab. Can you please publish the research behind these claims of how effective an inoculation is. This is scare-mongering
@Boloney-marshal - I don't see any mention of pharmaceutical companies in the article?

What concerns me is why so many people that are entitled to get the vaccine freely do not?

Is it belief that the vaccines don't work? Is it fear of complications? Is it because we haven't had a flu epidemic recently and so people feel it is not necessary? Is it the amount of time required to see your GP initially and then again to have the vaccination?

I must admit that the relative difference between UK and Sussex take up rates doesn't look to be that significant - this looks to me to be a country wide issue.
[quote][p][bold]Boloney-marshal[/bold] wrote: Is this a news article or an advertisement for the Pharmaceutical company who make the Flu jab. Can you please publish the research behind these claims of how effective an inoculation is. This is scare-mongering[/p][/quote]@Boloney-marshal - I don't see any mention of pharmaceutical companies in the article? What concerns me is why so many people that are entitled to get the vaccine freely do not? Is it belief that the vaccines don't work? Is it fear of complications? Is it because we haven't had a flu epidemic recently and so people feel it is not necessary? Is it the amount of time required to see your GP initially and then again to have the vaccination? I must admit that the relative difference between UK and Sussex take up rates doesn't look to be that significant - this looks to me to be a country wide issue. pachallis
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4:49pm Thu 13 Mar 14

funky feet says...

well the reason I didn't have the vaccine is it simply wasn't offered.
well the reason I didn't have the vaccine is it simply wasn't offered. funky feet
  • Score: 1

11:07pm Thu 13 Mar 14

a person says...

I love the fact they say

“”People are asked to speak to their GP for more information about the annual vaccine, which is available until the end of this month. “”

It is not very easy to get an appointment with my doctor.
If you say you are ill and want to see the doctor , he will phone you back to see If he thinks you need an appointment.

I take it doctors get extra money for giving out flu / mmr / ect jabs.
I love the fact they say “”People are asked to speak to their GP for more information about the annual vaccine, which is available until the end of this month. “” It is not very easy to get an appointment with my doctor. If you say you are ill and want to see the doctor , he will phone you back to see If he thinks you need an appointment. I take it doctors get extra money for giving out flu / mmr / ect jabs. a person
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