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GPs are told to amend flu vaccine orders for next season

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 07 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k602
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

For the next flu season, NHS England has told GPs to ensure that they order the quadrivalent vaccine for people aged 18 to 65 who are at risk and the newly licensed adjuvanted trivalent vaccine, Fluad, for patients aged over 65.

The letter, from NHS England and Public Health England,1 advises GPs and community pharmacy contractors to review any orders already made for the 2018-19 season and amend them if necessary. Suppliers have extended the deadline for orders until the end of March, and NHS England has confirmed that additional funding will be available in 2018-19 to support the use of adjuvanted trivalent vaccine and quadrivalent flu vaccine.

The quadrivalent vaccine protects against two strains of influenza …

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