Flu Vac 2018/19 - What happens if there is not enough aTIV for your over 65 population?
What happens if there is not enough aTIV for your over 65s population?
- aTIV is the recommended vaccine in those aged 65 years and over
- Prioritisation should be given to over 75s and those with underlying risk factors/clinical conditions.
- QIV should not be offered to those aged 65 years and over, other than in exceptional circumstances.
Public Health England have produced a leaflet for patients aged over 65 about this year’s adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine (aTIV) or Fluad ®.
The leaflet explains why the aTIV is the best flu vaccine for patients aged 65 and over and why patients may have to wait for their GP practice or pharmacy to have the scheduled stock of the vaccine.
What if you have no adjuvanted influenza vaccines (aTIV)?
If you have no stock of aTIV and you are not able to access any more, all over 65s should be:
- signposted to an alternative provider e.g. a local pharmacy
- in exceptional circumstance they can be given the quadrivalent inactivated vaccine (QIV)
- patients must be fully informed as to why they are being given QIV rather than the recommended aTIV and the possibility of a lower efficacy of the vaccine, but it may still provide some protection against seasonal flu. The discussion and their consent should be documented in their records.