In a bid to avoid vaccines expiring later in 2014, Public health chiefs have told GPs they must vaccinate children aged between 2-4 years within a three-month window this winter. Delays to the immunisation programme will mean vaccines expire midway through the flu season which runs from August 2014.
Experts from Public Health England (PHE) said in guidance for this year’s flu immunisation programme that it was ‘highly likely’ central stocks of the chosen Fluenz vaccines will have expired by the end of January 2015. Part of the Giving all children a healthy start in life policy, child vaccinations are part of the aim to give children the best possible care from an early age.
Due to the changes, it will be important to ensure that efforts are made to vaccinate children before the 2014 Christmas holidays. Some practices last year struggled to vaccinate two and three-year olds, and failure to immunise could see QOF achievements hit without adequate stocks of vaccine.
Many patients fall into the catergory of needing to be immunised with Fluenz, meaning that increasing numbers of patients could be left unimmunised unless practices use their own supplies of the alternative vaccine for those patients. The target group now includes 2-4 year olds, and is likely to have a bigger effect because it then impacts on QOF targets for immunisations. Due to manufacturing issues there is likely to be a shortfall.
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