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S5W-06124: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the uptake rate has been for the (a) shingles and (b) flu vaccination in each year that it has been available.

Answered by: Shona Robison 25 January 2017

(a) Shingles vaccine uptake rate for the routine and catch up cohorts for each year of the programme is presented in the following table.

 

Age cohort

Year

Age 70

Age 76

Age 77

Age 78

Age 79

2013-14

59.7

-

-

-

55.6

2014-15

58.7

-

-

54.9

55.0

2015-16

54.4

23.1*

22.8*

50.9

-

* additional cohorts added in February 2016 so coverage is lower than that of the aged 70 and 78 years who were eligible since September 2015.

Vaccine coverage for those aged 71 and 72 years who were aged 70 in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 programmes increased to 64.6% and 67.4% respectively, showing that vaccination of these groups who remain eligible is still taking place on an opportunistic basis and it is expected that this will continue.

(b) Influenza vaccine uptake is monitored by Health Protection Scotland (HPS) based on aggregate level data for all population groups eligible for free influenza vaccine in Scotland and published routinely throughout the influenza season in our HPS Weekly National Influenza Reports:

(http://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/resp/seasonalinfluenza.aspx?subjectid=00#report ). The population groups recommended for the free influenza vaccine have changed over the years as new evidence is considered by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and the eligible groups are stated annually as part of the Chief Medical Officer's (CMO) seasonal influenza vaccination letter.

These population groups (as defined by their age and/or by the presence of underlying chronic health conditions) are listed in table 1. We have provided vaccine uptake for these groups for the years 2000-01 to 2016-17 (as at week ending 15th January 2017, please note this is provisional data). The risk groups have been identified as being at increased risk of influenza infection and severe presentation or complications of influenza infections, and/or as posing an increased risk of transmitting influenza to vulnerable individuals. Vaccine uptake for the different groups is derived from a number of data sources, which are described in more detail in the following table.

Table 1: Cumulative influenza vaccine uptake in Scotland by eligible group since 2000-01 to 2016-17 (as at week ending 15th January 2017)

Eligible group

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

 

 

 

 

 

65 years and older1

62.4%

64.3%

67.5%

72.2%

71.0%

77.8%

75.2%

74.3%

76.3%

75.0%

75.2%

76.2%

 

 

 

 

 

Under 65 at risk2

NA

NA

NA

NA

39.3%

46.3%

37.8%

44.4%

47.8%

51.1%

56.1%

56.4%

 

 

 

 

 

2 and 3 year old children3

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

 

 

 

 

2 to under 5 year old children not

yet in school 4

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

 

 

 

 

Primary school pilots5

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

 

 

 

 

Full primary school implementation6

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

 

 

 

 

Eligible group

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17 (provisional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

65 years and older1

76.8%

76.9%

76.3%

74.5%

71.4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under 65 at risk2

56.1%

57.4%

54.0%

48.0%

42.7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 and 3 year old children3

NA

50.6%

NA

NA

NA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 to under 5 year old children not yet in school 4

NA

NA

56.4%

57.1%

55.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primary school pilots5

NA

67.2%

NA

NA

NA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full primary school implementation6

NA

NA

71.80%

71.20%

71.7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. End of season vaccine uptake for seasons 2010-11 to 2015-16 for the 65 years and older group is based on GP claims for payments for influenza vaccinations. In-season vaccination uptake estimates for season 2014-15 for this group are based on weekly automated extracts from GP software. In 2016-17 vaccine uptake thus far is from estimated data received weekly by HPS and is correct as at week ending 15th January 2017.

2. End of season vaccine uptake estimates is based on weekly automated extracts from GP software. In 2016-17 vaccine uptake thus far is from estimated data received weekly by HPS and is correct as at week ending 15th January 2017.

3. In 2013-14 all two and three year old children (regardless of whether or not they were in a clinical at risk group, age as on 1st September 2013) were eligible for influenza vaccination, as partial implementation of the extension of the seasonal influenza programme to all children. End of season vaccine uptake estimates are provided for 13-14 only as this group became part of the 2 to under 5 year age group from 2014-15 onwards (see point 4 below). This data is based on weekly automated extracts from GP software. In 2016-17 vaccine uptake thus far is from estimated data received weekly by HPS and is correct as at week ending 15th January 2017.

4. In season 2014-15 eligibility for influenza vaccination was extended to all 2-5 year old children not yet in school (regardless of whether or not they were in a clinical at risk group, age as on 1st September 2013). End of season vaccine uptake estimates for each season is based on weekly automated extracts from GP software. In 2016-17 vaccine uptake thus far is from estimated data received weekly by HPS and is correct as at week ending 15th January 2017.

5. The pilot programme in Scotland in 2013-14 targeted a subset of primary school aged children, in preparation for full primary school roll out of the childhood influenza vaccine programme in 2014-15. Aggregate level data on number of eligible pupils per school and number of children vaccinated was collated nationally on a weekly basis, end of season figures provided here include children vaccinated at mop up sessions, but not children vaccinated at GPs. In 2016-17 vaccine uptake thus far is from estimated data received weekly by HPS and is correct as at week ending 15th January 2017.

6. In season 2014-15 all primary school aged children across Scotland were eligible for influenza vaccination. Aggregate level data on number of eligible pupils per school and number of children vaccinated is collated nationally on a weekly basis. Figures provided include children vaccinated at mop up / community sessions, but not children vaccinated at GPs. In 2016-17 vaccine uptake thus far is from estimated data received weekly by HPS and is correct as at week ending 15th January 2017.