College welcomes definitive NHSE flu vaccination guidance ahead of next winter

Publication date: 06 February 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, has responded to new guidance from NHS England about next year's flu vaccination programme.

She said: "GPs and our teams want the flu vaccine to be as effective as possible for as many people as possible. The national influenza vaccination programme has saved countless lives over the years and continues to be the most effective response to reducing morbidity and mortality attributed to the illness.

"We look to NHS England and Public Health England – and equivalent bodies in the devolved nations – for advice when we are ordering vaccines for the next flu season. We're pleased that we now have definitive guidance from NHS England, and we hope this will build confidence amongst patients and encourage greater take-up, particularly for those in at-risk groups.

"Getting this guidance right is important, and we understand that this might take time – and that new developments based on very recent experiences might build on or alter existing advice. 

"However, some GP practices will have already started their preparedness planning for next year's flu season based on existing advice, including ordering vaccines. We would look to NHS England for advice for these practices about what to do about their influenza vaccines orders, particularly if any current plans are not aligned with today's updated guidance."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7633/7574/7575
Out of hours: 0203 188 765

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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