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Influenza: Care Homes

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 42158, tabled on 3 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the (a) testing and (b) surveillance in care homes during the covid-19 pandemic for the implications of his policies on preventing influenza in that setting.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

16 September 2021

There was negligible circulation of influenza in care homes in 2020-21 due to the measures designed to stop the spread of COVID-19. Existing systems for multi-virus testing of care homes remain in place and can be deployed when required.

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