Nearly 67,000 hospital admissions prevented by vaccine rollout

The 2016-2017 flu season was a difficult one for healthcare providers across Illinois, and the flu continues to be a major concern for health care providers. As of December 21, the CDC’s FluView is reporting a total of 16,743 confirmed flu cases (six pediatric deaths have also been confirmed). However, the flu is not just a big problem for healthcare providers: it is also a major problem for healthcare consumers, including the elderly, people with chronic medical conditions, and pregnant women. And, one of the best ways to prevent influenza is with vaccination.

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination is a hugely important tool to keep our children safe. Over the last decade, the public health community has worked hard to get the vaccine to children. Now, we’re seeing the fruits of their hard work.

The Chicago Tribune  reports that Chicago has one of the most advanced vaccination programs in the country, saving nearly 67,000 lives since January 2015 when the City Department of Public Health started offering a handful of vaccines at no cost to all residents. On April 2, 2017, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city will immediately expand the number of recommended vaccines to include the meningitis B vaccine, which can prevent sudden death and brain damage.

A person receives a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine at the Central Middlesex Hospital in London, Britain, August 1, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

More than 5,000 individuals are ‘seriously sick’ in hospitals as a result of Covid. (Photo courtesy of Reuters)

In England, the coronavirus vaccination is thought to have avoided more than 66,900 hospital admissions.

The latest number, which is more than 14,000 more than the previous estimate, comes as NHS England’s new chief encouraged young people to get the vaccine, citing the fact that more than a quarter of patients admitted to hospitals with Covid-19 are between the ages of 18 and 34.

More than 5,000 individuals are ‘seriously sick’ in hospital with Covid, according to NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard, with ‘more than a quarter of those admitted being young people.’

The vaccination rollout in England is expected to have prevented more than 66,900 hospital admissions, according to data from Public Health England (PHE).

According to previous estimates, there were more than 52,600 admissions.

It is predicted that between 21.3 and 22.9 million illnesses and 57,500 to 62,700 fatalities were avoided. Since earlier estimations, these numbers have remained unchanged.

Ms Pritchard said that there is “no question” that the jabs deployment is keeping people out of hospitals and saving lives.

epa09009138 Ambulance staff outside the Royal London hospital in London, Britain, 13 February 2021. Britain's National health service (NHS) has been under sever pressure even as Covid-19 hospital admissions continue to fall across the UK. EPA/ANDY RAIN

According to previous estimates, there were more than 52,600 admissions (Picture: EPA)

A person receives a Covid-19 jab at a pop-up vaccination centre during a four-day vaccine festival in Langdon Park, Poplar, east London. Picture date: Saturday July 31, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

One in every five hospital patients is currently between the ages of 18 and 34. (Photo courtesy of PA)

Patients aged 18-34 made up more than 20% of those sent to hospital last month, according to NHS England, up from almost one in 20 — 5.4 percent — during the height of the winter wave in January.

Ms Pritchard, who started her new job this week, visited a vaccination clinic in Reigate, Surrey, and praised the efforts of health-care workers.

‘Thanks to the dedication of NHS staff and volunteers, almost nine out of ten adults have received their first Covid-19 vaccine, and more than 32 million people have had both vaccinations as part of the largest and most successful vaccination campaign in health service history,’ she added.

‘We must not forget that there are over 5,000 individuals in hospital with Covid, and more than a quarter of those hospitalized are young people,’ she said.

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She encouraged people to ‘not put off getting their vaccinations,’ adding that the NHS is making it ‘as simple as possible to protect yourself, your family, and your friends,’ with pop-up clinics and walk-in sites supplementing the 1,600 permanent facilities currently in place.

Approximately 1,000 young people are in hospital, according to Ms Pritchard.

Covid-19 case rates are continuing to fall in England across all age categories, although the greatest rate is among 20 to 29-year-olds, followed by 10 to 19-year-olds, according to PHE.

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Meanwhile, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that his children are “extremely eager” to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The jabs will now be available to 16 and 17-year-olds, with the first doses likely to be administered later this month.

When asked by Sky News whether he would be okay with his teenage twins getting the vaccine, he replied, ‘Absolutely.’

‘They, too, are eager to get vaccinated.’ They’re in that age range, 16 to 17, and it’s remarkable how many of their classmates had coronavirus and how much time they had to miss school, especially towards the end of the semester.

‘So they realize the disturbance, the amount of their own lives, their own education, that this has caused, and they are very, very interested.’

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