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a vaccination image 6aug17 cb 1August 22 2017

Public health England has published a special ‘flu edition’ of its monthly Vaccine Update. Topics discussed in the issue are:

  • resources for the annual flu programme
  • vaccine information and availability for 2017 to 2018
  • Fluenz tetra order controls
  • over-ordering in the schools programme
  • an update on the ‘Stay Well this Winter’ campaign and resources
  • training resources for healthcare practitioners.

A system introduced last year helped to halve the amount of Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV), or Fluenz Tetra, that was ordered by general practice across England, but not administered to children. However, in the schools programme, the number of doses ordered by school providers but not administered to children “increased significantly from the previous year.”

PHE points out that “as the schools programme grows – incorporating two extra year groups this season – the risk of vaccine wastage in this part of the programme increases. If levels of vaccine ordered in the first few weeks of this season are as high as last year, then PHE will need to place restrictions on vaccine ordering for school providers. This could lead to disruption in programme delivery.”

In terms of Fluenz ordering restrictions for 2017-18, GP allocation will be similar to last year. A number of controls will be applied to ordering:

  • in the first four weeks, all customers will be able to order up to the national average uptake for 2 and 3 year olds in 2016 (40% of eligible cohort);
  • in the next four weeks, all practices will be able to order up to last year’s ‘individual’ uptake (or remain at 40% if individual uptake was lower);
  • after these first eight weeks, all practices may order a maximum of two packs per week (one order per week).

In all cases, requests for extra vaccine will be considered on a case by case basis. Vaccines are expected to be ready for supply from late September.

Other information in the Vaccine Update includes the current training materials for health professionals and leaflets which are available to order free of charge, and details of other resources

Link:
PHE ‘Vaccine update: issue 268, August 2017, flu special edition’               

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