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To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2018 to Question 177605 on Influenza: Vaccination, for what reason his Department took the decision to phase the 2018-19 season's flu vaccine between September and November 2018.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2018 to Question 177602 on Influenza: Vaccination, for what reason deliveries of flu vaccinations from the manufacturer are being staggered to providers during September to November.
In 2018/19 adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine (aTIV) is the recommended vaccine for people aged 65 years and over. Deliveries of the vaccine will be phased by the manufacturer to all customers; 40% in September, 20% in October, and 40% in the first half of November 2018. aTIV will give better protection against flu to those aged 65 years and over. To meet the additional demand resulting from using the most effective vaccine, that is aTIV, the manufacturer increased planned production and delivery to providers across the United Kingdom will be phased. The start of the influenza season varies each year, usually from December onwards.
Overall 7.9 million doses have been ordered in England (general practice and pharmacy total) so there is enough vaccine in the system to meet anticipated demand.