Flu nasal vaccine supply issue

Flu nasal vaccine supply issue

Public Health England has provided an update about a supply issue with the flu nasal vaccine, requiring a phasing of its supply. GPs are requested to implement the seasonal influenza programme as outlined in the Direct Enhanced Service Specification (https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/dess-sfl-and-pneumococcal-1920.pdf). As part of this GPs are required to call in those children who are eligible for flu vaccination, and to undertake recall for those children in clinical risk groups for influenza. Because of the phasing of supplies PHE recommends planning the childhood vaccination programme using following priorities: Children in high risk groups aged 6 months to 2 years – these children should be called and offered quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (QIVe) Children in high risk groups from 2 to 18 years should be prioritised and offered LAIV (unless contraindicated). those aged 2-3 years and age 11-18 years should be called in and offered LAIV or a suitable quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) those of primary school age (4-10 years) will be invited through schools, but should be vaccinated with LAIV or QIV if they choose to present in general practice Where a practice does not have LAIV available, vaccination of children in high risk groups should not be delayed and a suitable QIV should be offered as an alternative. Healthy children aged 2-3 years should be called and offered LAIV as the practice receives stock. Two year olds who are receiving vaccine for the first season are a higher priority than 3 year olds. Responsible ordering will help support the direction of stock to those with greatest immediate need as it becomes available. Practice staff are asked to only order...

PCN Services Launch

Dear Colleagues   Today we have launched the BMA support services for PCNs.  You can see what we have just sent out below.  A lot of work has gone into preparing this and I want to thank the large number of people who have helped support and develop this resource.   The main focus is on the following elements: PCN Community PCN Conference Legal Services HR Services Insurance Services Learning and Development More information on all of the above and how to sign up can be found here.  There is a blog from Krishna setting out the details here. Please share this in your local areas and I hope it’s well used and helpful.   Best wishes  ...