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Influenza: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of preparations for the roll-out of the aTIV flu vaccine.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS England has conducted its annual readiness assessment prior to the flu season. The Department has also had discussions with the supplier of the adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine (aTIV), which is one of the vaccines available for people aged 65 years and older.

The aTIV is locally procured by general practitioners (GP) and pharmacists who are responsible for ordering supplies of the vaccine they require for their population group. Deliveries of the aTIV commenced early September, and the supplier is on track to meet all orders by GP and pharmacists during October as planned.

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