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Benefits case study: NHS Immunisation Statistics publication

NHS Immunisation Statistics publication overview

Annually, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) releases the NHS Immunisation Statistic publication, which provides information on immunisation coverage at national, regional and local levels for childhood, adolescent and seasonal influenza immunisation programmes (the latter for people in the 65-and-over at-risk group only).

How the NHS Immunisation Statistics publication has informed service delivery

The annual NHS Immunisation Statistics publication seeks to enable government bodies, commissioners and immunisation providers to improve coverage of immunisation programmes, with the aim of protecting people against vaccine-preventable diseases. The HSCIC has produced a benefits case study describing how stakeholders have used the NHS Immunisation Statistics publication in delivering this aim. Key examples of uses include:

  • Department of Health (DH) considering policy options for immunisation programmes - the combination of historic measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunisation data, as reported in the NHS Immunisation Statistics publication, and recent data on measles infections was used by DH, NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) to inform the decision to introduce a national MMR vaccination catch-up campaign for 10-16 year olds in 2013. The catch-up campaign has contributed to the following benefit for this target group :
    • Intermediate benefit: Percentage of 10-16 year olds in England estimated to have received at least one dose of MMR vaccine increased from 94.7% in March 2013 to 95.3% in August 2013 (20,000 more 10-16 year olds estimated to have been vaccinated).
    • End benefit: Number of measles cases in 10-14 and 15-19 year olds in England reduced by 15% and 21% between 2012 and 2013.
  • PHE reporting the UK-wide immunisation coverage statistics to the World Health Organization (WHO), which the WHO uses to monitor the operations and effectiveness of national immunisation programmes.
  • PHE including local data on diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTaP/IPV/Hib) and MMR vaccination coverage in child health profiles, which PHE produces for all local authorities in England. The profiles are aimed at enabling local stakeholders to work collaboratively in meeting local needs.
  • NHS England informing the planning and delivery of the Section 7A agreement. This includes using the publication data to consider possible Commissioning for Quality and Innovations (CQUINs) for inclusion in the Commissioning Intentions document.
  • NHS England's London region establishing baselines and developing 5 year targets and trajectories for childhood immunisations, for inclusion in the draft London Immunisation 5 year strategic plan 2014/15 - 2018/19.
  • The 'Tripartite' (DH, PHE and NHS England) Immunisation Programme Board (IPB) assessing the implementation and delivery of immunisation programmes and considering corrective actions to address any decreases in immunisation coverage.
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