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GPs nearing targets for over-65 flu jabs

GPs are on course to meet Government flu immunisation targets for the over-65s, with district immunisation co-ordinators reporting about 60 per cent uptake for last month.

This is a major improvement on the 52 per cent uptake for England in October last year, which led to a national uptake of 68 per cent by the end of the flu campaign.

The Department of Health has told PCTs they must achieve 70 per cent uptake in the over-65s this winter.

Flu immunisation co-ordinators for North Tyneside, Devon and Sunderland all reported uptake in the over-65s between 56-60 per cent for last month.

Dr Elaine Farmery, consultant in communicable disease control for Somerset, said GPs had vaccinated 60 per cent of the over-65s by the end of last month with some achieving 'well over' 70 per cent.

Dr Martin Schweiger, CCDC for Leeds, which achieved 59 per cent uptake, said: 'A lot of people are getting the system under their belts.'

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