Flu jab rates are right on point in the area

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GP PRAC­TICES have been praised for their suc­cess in ad­min­is­ter­ing flu jabs.

Eastern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG), which plans and buys healthcare for more than 200,000 peo­ple in and around Mac­cles­field, has an above av­er­age up­take rate for the flu jab, with 78.1 per cent among the over 65s – com­pared to the Eng­land av­er­age of 72.7pc.

The CCG also per­formed best in its peer group for ad­min­is­ter­ing flu jabs to preg­nant women and was 14th best na­tion­ally in this area – with an up­take of al­most 54 pc.

The NHS Eng­land data mea­sured na­tional flu jab up­take be­tween Septem­ber 2014 and De­cem­ber 2015.

Dr Paul Bowen, CCG chair­man and GP with McIlvride Med­i­cal Prac­tice, Poyn­ton, said: “Flu vac­cine is the best pro­tec­tion we have against an un­pre­dictable virus that can cause un­pleas­ant ill­ness in chil­dren and se­vere ill­ness and death among at-risk groups, in­clud­ing older peo­ple, preg­nant women and those with un­der­ly­ing med­i­cal health con­di­tions.

“We’ll be pulling out all the stops to en­sure at-risk groups get their free vac­ci­na­tion when the Flu Safe cam­paign starts in the au­tumn.”

●● Dr Paul Bowen

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