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Flu vaccine: committee shocked by low uptake

The House of Commons science and technology committee was shocked by survey results which showed that the flu vaccination uptake in social care settings was at best around 25%.

The committee was prompted to undertake this inquiry as a result of the high disease burden of flu in 2017/18, high hospitalisation rates and discussions on the variable uptake of the flu vaccination.

In March 2018 the committee held a one-off oral evidence session on the flu vaccination programme and heard from Public Health England, NHS England, the deputy chief medical officer for England and others. More…