RCGP statement on NHS England flu letter

Publication date: 01 February 2018

Responding to a letter from NHS England to GPs asking practices not to order vaccines for next year until new guidance has been issued, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:

"We want the flu vaccine to be as effective as possible for as many people as possible. 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.

"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 plans that have already been made are not aligned with any updates to guidance still to come."

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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