Influenza: Vaccination

Department of Health written question – answered on 2nd December 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) forecast reduction in cases of and deaths from infection by influenza as a result of the nasal flu vaccine in 2015, (b) forecast number of nasal flu vaccines administered and (c) cost of delivering that programme in each of the next three years.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

It is difficult to forecast the population impact that the nasal flu vaccine will have in the forthcoming season as vaccine effectiveness will vary according to the circulating influenza virus in any one season together with the vaccine uptake achieved. In general the effectiveness of live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) ranges from 50% upwards against illness caused by antigenically matched strains in children, but has also shown some protection against antigenically mismatched strains. The provisional uptake in two, three and four year olds in England up to week 46 2015 (ending 15 November 2015) was 23.0%, 24.0% and 19.4% respectively.

In 2016/17 the childhood flu programme will cover all 2-7 year olds and at risk children.

In 2017/18 the childhood flu programme will cover all 2-10 year olds and at risk children.

Table 1: The forecast number of nasal flu vaccines administered to children in each of the next three years.

Year

Forecast number of doses of nasal flu vaccine administered to children

2016/17

2.8 million

2017/18

4.3 million

2018/19

4.3 million

Source: NHS England’s Spending Review submission for childhood flu.

Table 2: The forecast cost of delivering the childhood flu programme in each of the next three years.

Year

Estimated cost of delivering the childhood flu programme

2016/17

£80 million

2017/18

£120 million

2018/19

£120 million

Note: These are the full programme costs (including the cost of the vaccine).

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