Half of those at risk of contracting flu are failing to be vaccinated, a recent study in Nottinghamshire has revealed.
Fifty per cent of people in Nottingham liable to contract flu are not receiving vaccination, a study has disclosed.
The University of Nottingham and Boots are now urging community pharmacies to help combat the virus and protect those who are most vulnerable.
Out of 199 patients eligible for the free flu shot, 100 of them did not receive the vaccination, despite being notified by their GP.
The study also found patients were paying for flu shots when they did not need to. Out of 89,011 patients paying to have the vaccination, 5,340 were entitled to the same procedure for free on the NHS.
Professor Claire Anderson of the University of Nottingham’s School of Pharmacy says:
“There is a recognised need to continue to drive uptake of flu vaccinations for patients in at-risk groups, but achieving the level required is challenging and requires innovative thinking.”
This research comes after Nottinghamshire’s King’s Mill Hospital beat the Government target for getting staff vaccinated against flu; making them eligible for a government grant of £250 million.
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:
- Are 65 years of age or over
- Are pregnant
- Have certain medical conditions
- Live in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact or a social care worker