Vaccination supports good health at all stages of life 1 and only clean water rivals vaccines at reducing infectious diseases and deaths.2 Immunisation saves 6 million lives a year.3 When vaccination rates fall, outbreaks can occur with potentially serious consequences such as the 2012-13 measles outbreak in Swansea, which resulted in 1,202 reported cases, 88 hospital admissions and 1 death.4
Getting vaccinated helps protect you and those around you from infectious diseases like the flu.5 If you have a long term health condition, vaccination could help you stay healthy.6 Those in at-risk groups: pregnant, healthcare worker, young child or over 65, should get vaccinated.6
The ABPI Vaccine Group organises an annual event in Parliament to raise awareness of the importance of vaccination to support good health at all stages of life. At Westminster Flu Day, which will take place this year on Wednesday 18 October, 1-4pm in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, MPs and Peers will be invited to receive their annual flu vaccine. There will also be local data available to help them to understand the success of the vaccination programmes in their local areas.
Westminster Flu Day is sponsored by the ABPI Vaccine Group in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing and Carers Trust and with the support of the Department of Health and Public Health England.
1. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/how-vaccines-work/?- last accessed January 2018
2. World Health Organisation (WHO): Initiative for Vaccine Research State of the art of new vaccines research and development Geneva 2006.
3. Ehreth, J: Vaccine 2003 21 506-600: The global value of vaccination
4. Outbreak of Measles in Wales November 2012-July 2013, Report of the agencies which responded to the outbreak, October 2013, National Assembly for Wales.
6. Department of Health, Public Health England, NHS England The national flu immunisation programme 2017 to 2018: supporting letter p1
The ABPI Vaccine Group represents the industry on all aspects of vaccination and the benefits it brings to the health of our nation. Our mission is to ensure that every person in the UK has access to and receives the vaccines they should. The ABPI Vaccine Group aims to work in partnership with the Government, public health community, patient groups and professional organisations to ensure the appropriate access to and coverage of vaccines throughout the four nations of the UK.
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