Jersey records drop in flu activity in comparison to usual pre-pandemic levels

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FLU activity last winter was lower than typical pre-pandemic levels, according to newly-published data.

Two reports have been released with information about seasonal influenza for the 2021 to 2022 period, including uptake of the vaccine and statistics on flu-like illness.

They show that:

• The 2021-2022 season’s influenza immunisation programme was the most successful on record for those aged over 50, with the highest levels of vaccine uptake recorded in Jersey for this age group. Around one in two (51%) individuals aged 50 to 64 were vaccinated.

• For other cohorts, such as nursery and school aged children, vaccine uptake was slightly below levels observed in 2020-2021.

• Flu-like illness activity was lower when compared against typical seasons before the onset of the pandemic.

• There were fewer GP visits for flu illnesses and hospitalisations compared with previous flu seasons.

• Flu activity peaked unusually late in the year – in May and June 2022 – compared to typical flu seasons.

Health Minister Karen Wilson, said: ‘Our high flu vaccination is likely to have contributed to reduced flu illness over the last flu season, alongside certain mitigation measures used as part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

‘We’ve seen that the flu vaccination programme was the most successful on record. We will shortly be launching our vaccine programme for this year, and I urge those Islanders who are eligible, to take up the offer to ensure themselves and others are best protected through the season.’

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