Influenza: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd February 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will take steps to ensure that medical practices which amend their flu vaccine orders for winter 2018-19 will not be penalised as a result by suppliers.

Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on medical practices of the recent revision of guidance for ordering flu vaccines.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS England wrote to general practitioners and community pharmacists on 5 February to advise on which vaccines should be ordered for the 2018-19 flu season. This was based on new advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, evidence from Public Health England and the availability of a new adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTiv) for the 2018/19 season.

Vaccine suppliers have provided assurance that they have supported the amendment of existing orders, many of which are provisional, without penalty. Suppliers of the recommended vaccines, aTIV and quadrivalent influenza vaccine, have extended ordering windows and maintained the prices and discounts available to practices. Providers will continue to be reimbursed for the vaccines they procure and use during the 2018-19 flu season in the usual way.

The recent advice was issued to ensure that eligible patients are given the most effective vaccines to protect them from flu and its complications in the 2018-19 flu season.

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