30th Aug 2019
Flu Vaccine Delays
Abbey medical group would like to apologise for the delay in the Influenza vaccines for the under 65’S this year. Unfortunately this is out of our control, But please be assured that we will continue to do our best to ensure you receive you’re vaccination on the earliest date possible.
Please read the statement below from Public Health England which should explain the delay
‘’Each year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) through its Global Influenza Programme makes recommendations on what influenza viruses should be included in vaccines for the forthcoming season.
This year, the WHO delayed its recommendation on one of the strains of the virus, by a period of four weeks, from February, into March.
The WHO's final recommendation for vaccine manufacturers - to include the use of the (H3N2) virus strain, in response to a recent increase in the proportion of viruses detected which would not be effectively dealt with by its existing vaccine strains
We understand from manufacturers that the delayed WHO recommendation on vaccine strain has had an impact on their vaccine supply. Manufactures have indicated they plan to phase some of the deliveries of the inactivated Quadrivalent influenza vaccines (QIV) for those at risk and under 65 years, with some vaccines being delivered by the end of November ahead of when the flu season usually starts.’’
Thank you for your understanding
On behalf of the of The Abbey Medical Group