About 1.25 million texts and 300,000 emails have already been sent to parents of two- and three-year-olds, forcing them to book an appointment for their children, with what is expected to be a record “most challenging winter” for health services.
Last week, senior health officials warned of the “real possibility” that 60,000 flu deaths could occur in the coming months, making the elderly and vulnerable more susceptible to the virus.
The NHS aims to deliver the flu jab to 85 percent of people 65 and older. It aims to reach at least 75 percent of people with health conditions, at least 75 percent of pregnant women, 70 percent of those under 70, and at least 85 percent of all health and social care workers.
In total, about 35 million people have been eligible for a free jab this year, amid fears that cases in the upcoming flu for whom the disease is likely to increase by 50 per cent.
“This year, it is more important than ever for all children and eligible adults to take a free vaccine offer, because we face a very challenging winter for the NHS,” said Dr Nikki Kanani, medical director of primary care, at the NHS in England.
About 1.3 million letters must be delivered this weekend, explaining how parents can book a flu vaccine, which can be given to young children as a nasal spray at their local GP practice.
“The flu has a serious impact on the health of thousands of people every winter, and vaccinating your child protects them and helps prevent the spread of the virus to your most vulnerable family members and loved ones,” said Dr Kanani.
The latest statistics from Imperial College London’s React-1 study, which is one of many reviewed by government covid experts, show that the prevalence of flu vaccine is highest among five to 12-year-olds and 13- to 17-year-olds. – The oldest. However, rates are declining among 18- to 54-year-olds.
Between 9 and 27 September, the study found that cases of black people (1.41%) were higher than those of a white background (0.78%).
There is evidence of an increase in infections in London and the East Midlands, but the highest regional outbreaks have been recorded in Yorkshire and The Humber, with 1.25% of the population infected within a time frame.
As part of the study, nasal swabs were taken from random samples of the population and the results were then extracted and compared with previous rounds from React-1.
Through this research, the Imperial team was able to conclude that between 9 and 27 September, the total protection against infection was 62.8 per cent.
For those who received the AstraZeneca jab, the figure rose to 44.8 per cent, while the number of Pfizer vaccines increased to 71.3 per cent.
The lowest dose of Covidine was recorded in individuals who received their second dose in the past three months. However, rates were higher among people who were fully vaccinated three and six months before testing under study.
With more than two million third jobs delivered to people in England by October 10, the rise in progress infections will reinforce the need for a booster program, researchers say.
Commenting on the study, Kevin McConway, Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics at Owen University, said the research was “somewhat relevant.”
“Perhaps the effectiveness of the vaccine may be decreasing over time — but, as the React-1 researchers suggest, these estimates may include different states of the mean and epidemics at different times, and perhaps they are not.
Latest government figures show daily Covid cases return to the same highs they saw last July, but hospitalization has also increased.
On Wednesday, 42,776 positive tests were reported across the UK – up seven per cent on the previous week. This is the eighth consecutive day of increase, the highest figure recorded since July 21, posting 44,104 infections.
A total of 754 people were hospitalized with Kovid on October 9, a 10.4 percent rise over the week, according to the latest data. In England, 17 critical care beds are occupied by Covid patients.
Professor Paul Elliott, director of the Imperial College React Program in London, UK, said the UK is now “push-pull” by the virus, vaccine protection levels, natural immunity and population mix model, ” Is the factor.