Flu 2019/20 - Delivery of supplies
PHE informed practices in July 19 that there was a delay by the World Health Organisation advising on the strains of virus to be included in the vaccines this year. This has caused some delays with manufacturers. All manufacturers have said they have advised practices that have orders with them of likely phased delivery schedules. Currently Sanofi and Masta deliveries will be starting week beginning 7th October. All other manufacturers have not confirmed their schedules to the LMC.
All influenza vaccines for children aged 6 months to less than 18 years are purchased centrally by Public Health England and should be ordered via ImmForm. Fluenz Tetra via Immform will be available for ordering from mid-October and the QIVe (Sanofi) can be ordered via Immform from September.
This includes the live attenuated quadrivalent vaccine (LAIV) and QIVe inactivated vaccines for children for whom the LAIV is medically contraindicated or otherwise unsuitable.