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Flu vaccine invites boost uptake

Inviting all patients aged 65 and over for flu vaccination could make the difference between hitting targets and not, according to new research.

The quarter of practices that invited all patients aged 65 and over for a vaccination achieved uptakes 9 per cent higher than those that did not invite any, the National Public Health Service for Wales study found.

They also performed better than practices that invited some, but not all, of their elderly patients.

Study leader Dr Simon Cottrell, surveillance scientist at the service's Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, told Pulse: 'On average, practices that invited 100 per cent came out better than those that didn't.

'Something of that magnitude could make the difference between reaching a target or not. Any method that increases uptake is a good idea.'

Over 90 per cent of Welsh practices – 432 in total – took part in the study.

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