Influenza: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th October 2018.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued to Clinical Commissioning Groups on the provision of flu vaccinations for people over the age of 70.

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

NHS England wrote to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in February 2018 informing them of the recommended flu vaccines for the 2018/19 season which included the recommendation that adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine (aTIV) should be used for those aged 65 years and over. A copy of NHS England’s letter is attached.

A further letter and guidance was sent to practices, community pharmacies and CCGs in August 2018 to support programme planning, which are available at the following links:

In September 2018, further guidance to support local planning of delivery of the flu programme for those aged over 65 years was issued. This is available at the following link:

There is also further information in Public Health England publications including the Annual flu letter and ‘Inactivated influenza vaccine: information for healthcare practitioners’, which are available at the following links:

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