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Public Health England has published new annual flu vaccination guidance ahead of the forthcoming season. Updated documents include guidance for healthcare practitioners about the inactivated influenza vaccine and about the flu vaccination programme for children, the vaccine and how to administer it.

 Among the important changes to note about the 2017-18 season, PHE says that “vaccination of the morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above) will attract a payment under the directed enhanced services (DES).”

There is no chicken egg-free vaccine available for the 2017-18 season, and inactivated vaccines may contain traces of eggs such as ovalbumin. “Adults with egg allergy can be immunised in any setting using an inactivated flu vaccine with an ovalbumin content less than 0.12 µg/ml (equivalent to <0.06µg for 0.5ml dose),” it says. Patients with a previous anaphylactic reaction to egg should be referred to specialists for immunisation in hospital.

For children’s vaccinations, “during the 2017-18 programme, influenza vaccine will be offered to children in at risk groups and to all children two to eight years of age (but not nine years or older) on 31 August 2017. These children will be offered Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV),” says the guidance.

In Scotland, two letters from the Chief Medical Officer Directorate set out the arrangements there. The CMO letter SGHD/CMO(2017)11 sets out the main details of the Scottish flu vaccination programme, which notes:

  • there are no changes to the clinical at-risk groups
  • there is no egg-free flu vaccine available as production has been discontinued, but there is a low egg content vaccine
  • target coverage remains at 75% of at-risk groups
  • pregnant women at any stage of the pregnancy are recommended to have the full vaccine.

An accompanying CMO letter, SGHD/CMO(2017)12, details the Scottish childhood flu vaccination programme.

Health Education England and e-Learning for Health has published an interactive learning programme for all healthcare practitioners involved in the flu vaccination programme. NHS Education for Scotland has also produced a video on the administration of the Fluenz Tetra intranasal Influenza Vaccine. This video has been uploaded to Vimeo.

Links:
PHE Annual Flu Programme         
PHE Inactivated influenza vaccine information     
PHE Childhood flu programme   
PHE Influenza vaccine uptake in primary school children 2015-16 
Scottish Government Seasonal flu vaccination programme             
Scottish Government Childhood flu vaccination programme       
e-LfH flu immunisation advice    
NES video             

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