Reminder: Flu vaccine ordering for 2020/21

Reminder: Flu vaccine ordering for 2020/21

February 28, 2020

Late last year, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) issued a letter to provide advice on ordering appropriate flu vaccines for the 2020/21 season.

This follows a review of the latest evidence on influenza vaccines conducted by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the body that advises UK health departments on immunisation, and the issuing of advice on the most effective vaccines for the 2020/21 flu season.

The letter says that the following vaccines should be offered to eligible patients by pharmacies and general practices during the 2020/21 flu season:

Patients aged 65 years and over – adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV)
The quadrivalent influenza cell-culture vaccine (QIVc) can be offered to patients if aTIV is not available.

Please note, while the high-dose trivalent vaccine (TIV-HD) is also a recommended vaccine for this age group, this vaccine will not be reimbursed by NHSE&I and community pharmacy contractors should not order this vaccine to use for the community pharmacy NHS Flu Vaccination Service.

Patients aged 18 years to under 65 years in an at-risk group – QIVc
Quadrivalent influenza egg-culture vaccine (QIVe) can be offered if QIVc is not available.

Pharmacists should make a professional judgement, informed by the individual circumstances of a patient, as to when to offer one of the second preference vaccines.


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