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Guidance and FAQs from national flu team on planning flu clinics

Date published: 06/08/2018

SENT ON BEHALF OF DAWN HOLLIS TO PRACTICE MANAGERS, IMMS LEADS, CCGs, LMCs

Dear Colleagues,

Please see message below from the national flu team, along with attached documents.

The information attached provides some guidance and FAQs to help in planning the delivery of your flu vaccination programme, prioritising which patients to vaccinate first on clinical grounds and addressing questions from your patients.

It also advises that the national team is aware that there are a small proportion of general practices that have not ordered aTIV for their population aged 65 years and over as recommended in the letter of 5 February and that further guidance will be issued to these practices in the coming weeks.

If you have any queries, please contact us at England.phenhancedservices@nhs.net OR Kent & Medway SIT – phst@nhs.net

 

Dear Colleagues,

Following advice from Public Health England (PHE) issued last year, NHS England wrote to general practices and community pharmacies on 5 February 2018 to recommend the use of adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine (aTIV) for those aged 65 years and over in the coming flu season ( https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/vaccine-ordering-18-19-influenza-season-gp-pharm.pdf ) .

We are writing to remind you of the clinical recommendations around the most effective flu vaccine for patients for the 2018/19 flu vaccination programme. We have provided guidance and support to help you and your teams implement these requirements.

To manage aTIV vaccine supply across the UK, Seqirus have planned deliveries to UK customers in three phases between September and November this year; this is equally relevant to GPs and community pharmacies. Further information is included in the attached letter.

Enclosed is some guidance and FAQs which have been developed by NHS England and PHE with the support of the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC). This will help you in planning delivery of your flu vaccination programme, prioritising which patients to vaccinate first on clinical grounds and addressing questions from your patients.

Kind regards,

Dawn Hollis
Public Health Commissioning Manager
NHS England South East (Kent, Surrey and Sussex)
Wharf House, Tonbridge
Kent, TN9 1RE
Email: dawn.hollis@nhs.net
Mobile: 07896 504117

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