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Make sure you’re ready for this year’s flu immunisation programme

Healthcare practitioners involved with the campaign should be prepared to ensure administration of age-appropriate vaccinations

Healthcare practitioners involved with the campaign should be prepared to ensure administration of age-appropriate vaccinations

In March a widely distributed letter from the Department of Health and Social Care (DH) and Public Health England (PHE) (2018) outlined eligibility, priorities, types of vaccine and vaccine uptake ambitions for the 2018-19 influenza immunisation programme.

Apart from the extension of the children’s influenza programme to school children in year five, there were no major changes to eligibility for those with long-term conditions, or those who are well but in eligible age groups. The main change was to which vaccines are recommended to different age groups.

For a number of years there has been an awareness of the poor efficacy of the standard trivalent inactivated vaccine (TIV) in our oldest members of the population due to immunosensence (the weakening immune system of the older adult).

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