Flu vaccine campaign set for expansion in September

GP practices will be asked to administer the flu vaccine to all four-year-olds next winter as part of the continued expansion of the national vaccination programme.

GPs are set to vaccinate hundreds of thousands more children against flu from September (Photo: UNP)
GPs are set to vaccinate hundreds of thousands more children against flu from September (Photo: UNP)

Public Health England announced that all eligible four-year-olds will receive the Fluenz vaccine from September, following pilots in this age group across parts of England.

A new round of flu vaccination pilots will also be rolled out for 11- to 13-year-olds from September.

Public Health England said the Fluenz vaccine will continue to be provided centrally to GP practices.

It marks the next stage in the continued expansion of the national flu vaccination programme, which was extended to two- and three-year-olds in winter 2013/14.

In a vaccine update letter, Public Health England said: 'Next winter sees the addition of two more age groups of children to those introduced in winter 2013/14. These are planned for eligible four-year-olds, and in several pilot programmes around the country to 11- to 13-year-olds in school years seven and eight.

'GP practices should note that flu vaccine will be provided centrally for all children in the extended programme, and those of all ages in clinical risk groups, up to and including those aged 17 years.'

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