Flu season 2018/19
The clinical evidence available to GP practices and community pharmacists from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and published in the Green book in October (for quadrivalent vaccine) and December (for adjuvanted trivalent vaccine), is clear that for the 2018-19 winter season, GP practices and Community Pharmacy providers should offer:
The adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV) for all 65s and over. Given aTIV was only licensed for use in the UK in August 2017, this was not an option for the 2017/18 season. However the JCVI advice is that this is now the best option for 2018/19 for 65+ age group
The quadrivalent vaccine (QIV) for 18 – under 65s at risk. In light of an independent cost-effectiveness study into QIV undertaken by Public Health England and considered by JCVI, the Green Book was updated in October 2017 to provide the advice that QIV is the best option for 18-65 at-risk groups in the 2018/19 season. It is also used for the childhood programme.
We will be receiving the aTIV by the 19th October 2018 and will start having clinics for the over 65's then.
We will be receiving the QIV by the 14th September 2018 and will start having clinics for the 18 - 65's at risk then.
Our flu day is planned for Saturday 27th October 2018 in the morning.