Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health
39 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0EU
Ms Beverly Gilhooley
3 January 2018
Dear Ms Gilhooley
Freedom of Information Request Reference FOI-1109483
Thank you for your email of 3 December 2017 requesting information under the Freedom of
Information (FOI) Act regarding the number of hospitalisations due to influenza.
Your exact request was:
“Dear Department of Health,
In order to find out if hospitalisation due to Influenza decreased or increased since the
mass vaccination programme for Influenza in 2013; I would like to see the percentages or
numbers of hospitalisation due to Influenza from 2003 to 2017, across England and
Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The Department does not hold this information. This is because we are not the appropriate
authority to contact on this subject. However, Public Heath England (PHE) collect data on the
number of influenza confirmed hospitalisations in England. You may wish to contact PHE which
may hold some information relevant to your request. Details on how to do so can be found on the
following website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
However, outside of the scope of the FOI Act, and on a discretionary basis, you may be interested
to know that PHE publish a weekly influenza report which includes information which will assist
with your request. The weekly influenza report is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/weekly-national-flu-reports
For information which relates to Scotland you may wish to contact Health Protection Scotland.
Details on how to do so can be found on the following website: http://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/about/information.aspx
If you are not satisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to appeal by asking for
an internal review. This should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the
response to your original letter and should be addressed to the address at the top of this letter, or
the email address at the end of this letter.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.
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months of your last meaningful contact with us.
The ICO can be contacted at:
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