Government considers taking responsibility for ordering flu vaccine away from GPs

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 21 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d437
  1. Matthew Billingsley
  1. 1BMJ

The director of immunisation at the Department of Health of England has said that the case for ordering the seasonal flu vaccine centrally in the future is “pretty compelling.”

David Salisbury confirmed that a review of the process of ordering seasonal flu vaccine supplies is currently taking place but said that the decision to review the process was made well before the recent shortages.

GPs are now ordering flu vaccine stocks for next winter, but Professor Salisbury said that any changes could not be implemented immediately. “If we want to be doing anything more significant we’ve got to realise that it will have little impact on the …

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