Photograph by Peter Powell. 04-12-2017 This is Irene Shepherd the practice nurse at Hopwood House Surgery with Philip Fogarty receiving his flu vaccination

After a concerted effort throughout the winter months Greater Manchester has the highest rates of flu vaccination for vulnerable groups such as the elderly and young children as well as the second highest rate overall.

Staff across the city region worked hard from September to January raising awareness of the benefits of flu vaccine and took part in innovative pilots, such as seven day access hubs where two and three year olds could be vaccinated and a partnership with AstraZeneca to try and reach more people than ever before. The result was 126,287 more people vaccinated – a 20% increase on the previous year.

Greater Manchester ranked the highest out of 25 areas for the amount of people aged 6 months to 65 years in at risk groups that were vaccinated – 52.4% of those eligible. There was also a significant improvement in the uptake in schoolchildren with over 10% improvement in those eligible being vaccinated across all ten localities.

Speaking about the impressive results Sarah Price, Executive lead for population health and commissioning said:

“I’m very proud of the amazing work staff across the ten localities in Greater Manchester did last winter as part of the annual flu vaccination campaign. The results they’ve achieved are impressive and demonstrate their dedication to protecting as many people as possible from what can be a very serious illness. Partnership working, supported by devolution has led to much closer working across Greater Manchester and contributed to this significant improvement. Flu vaccination doesn’t just protect the person vaccinated, it also protects the friends and family around them and we’re already working on our plans for next winters programme. Learning from what worked last winter, we hope to do even better.”

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