Indeed, healthcare professionals up and down the country expressed concern last year at the fall in numbers of those electing to receive a flu jab. GP surgeries saw a 6% decrease in patients wishing to receive this important vaccine compared to the previous year. Practices believed that the warm autumn weather last year lulled many into a false sense of security, as well as negative perceptions of the vaccine’s effectiveness. We are expecting a warm autumn this year and it will be interesting to see if last year’s take up rates are repeated again.
It must be stressed that those in the ‘at risk’ groups, i.e. the elderly, pregnant, and those with other medical conditions (for example, asthma) would benefit from receiving a flu vaccination, which can easily be performed at the SurreyGP Surgery at a time convenient to you! Additionally, while it is vitally important for these specific at risk groups in particular, no one wants flu to disrupt what is always a hectic season – which is why we offer the vaccination to ALL adults and children (aged 6 months and up) as well.