Vaccination

Health written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Conservative, Reigate

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what immunisation programmes were offered by the NHS in the (a) 2013-14, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2011-12 financial year; to whom each vaccine was offered; what the size was of the eligible patient population for each immunisation; and what the uptake rate was (i) in England and (ii) in each NHS England area team;

(2) what routine immunisation programmes are (a) delivered through the National Immunisation Programme and (b) not delivered through the National Immunisation Programme; what age groups are covered by each immunisation programme; and in what year each immunisation programme was initiated;

(3) what proportion of the doses delivered in each routine immunisation programme are delivered by (a) GP practices and (b) other providers of care;

(4) what the eligible patient population was for each routine immunisation programme in the latest year for which figures are available; how many and what proportion of the eligible patient population was immunised in each case; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Information relating to national health service immunisation programmes offered is not available by financial year. However, the immunisation programmes offered by the NHS since September 2012 can be found in the following documents, copies of which have been placed in the Library:

“The complete routine immunisation schedule from summer 2014”

“The complete routine immunisation schedule 2013/14”

“The routine childhood immunisation schedule (September 2012)”

Detailed information about the routine immunisation schedule and other recommended vaccines, which are not offered routinely, is contained in the document “Immunisation against Infectious Diseases”. This is a live scientific document which is constantly updated and available at:

www.gov.uk/government/collections/immunisation-against-infectious-disease-the-green-book

The Health and Social Care Information Centre publishes an annual report entitled “NHS Immunisation Statistics” which provides data on uptake of routine childhood immunisations, targeted routine childhood immunisations and seasonal influenza immunisation for those aged 65 years or over. Copies of the reports for 2011-12 and 2012-13 have been placed in the Library. The report for 2013-14 will be published later this month.

Public Health England and the Health Protection Agency have published data on the uptake of immunisation against seasonal influenza and human papillomavirus disease. Copies of available reports for 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-2014 have been placed in the Library.

The timeline for the introduction of vaccination programmes in this country is available in the publication “Historical vaccine development and introduction of vaccines in the UK”, a copy of which has been placed in the Library.

Detailed information on which provider administers vaccine is not collected nationally. The vast majority of immunisation programmes are delivered in general practice. The teenage HPV immunisation programme is largely delivered by school health services and childhood flu immunisation of school aged children will largely take place in schools.

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