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Flu Vaccinations 18/19

The LMC recognises the conflicting advice that has been issued about which influenza vaccines practices should be using. The details below have now been released by NHS England and should be considered as the definitive advice.

The aim must be to use the most effective vaccine for the population.

1. The adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV) should be used for all patients aged 65 and over. This is the most effective vaccine for this age group.

2, The quadrivalent vaccine (QIV) for 18 - under 65s at risk. This vaccine will be used in the childhood vaccines and is the most effective in this age group.

If practices have already ordered vaccine for the 2018/9 this should be reviewed and orders and should now follow the advice given above.

Suppliers have confirmed that there will be enough aTIV and QIV to meet the demand.

Orders will need to be placed by the 29th March 2018.

If you have any problem placing or amending your order please contact the local NHS England Team.

There has been concern about the funding for these vaccines which are more expensive than some vaccines used this year. NHS England have confirmed additional funding has been made available to ensure practices can deliver these vaccines to their registered population.

For further information see the attached letter.

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