Three types of flu vaccine will be used in the adult flu vaccination programme 2018/19. This will benefit patients by ensuring that they have the most suitable vaccine that gives them the best protection against flu.
The vaccines to be used for specific age and at-risk groups are detailed in the CMO letter below;
CMO(2018)07 Letter : Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccination Programme 2018-19
To assist registered practitioners in selecting the appropriate vaccine, a vaccine eligibility calculator has been developed by NES (see below).
The NES seasonal flu web page has all the information about this year's programme and provides links to various resources including a new poster in which images of the vaccines are presented alongside the recommended age-groups for ease of identification. These posters will be made available soon to all GP practices along with other routine resources provided annually.
The Flu Vaccine PGDs for adults in the season 2018/19 are listed below as are the flow charts and eligibility calculator for deciding the vaccine to use in each age group.
PGD Quadrivalent Seasonal Influenza Vaccine - (For those aged 6 months - 64 yrs in at-risk groups) - Expiry Date Aug 2019. All pregnant women and HCWs should receive one dose of quadrivalent inactivated vaccine.
PGD Inactivated Trivalent Seasonal Flu Vaccine (For those aged 65 yrs -74 yrs) - Expiry Date Aug 2019
PGD Adjuvanted Trivalent Seasonal Influenza Vaccine (For those aged 75 and over) - Expiry Date July 2019
A flu vaccine eligibility calculator is available to assist clinicians in deciding which flu vaccine to use in adults aged 18 yrs and over (2018/19).
Flow chart to assist clinicians in deciding which flu vaccine to use for secondary schoolchildren and adults 2018/19
All details of this year's childhood flu vaccination programme are contained in the CMO letter below :
CMO(2018)06 Letter : Scottish Childhood Flu Vaccination Programme 2018-19
The Flu Vaccine PGDs for children in the season 2018/19 are listed below as are the national flow charts for deciding the vaccine to use in specific age groups.
PGD Live Attenuated Intranasal Influenza Vaccine - Expiry Date Jul 2019 (not for under 2s)
Flow Chart to assist clinicians in deciding the flu vaccine to use in children birth - preschool 2018/19
Flow Chart to assist clinicians in deciding which flu vaccine to use in primary school children 2018/19
Children Groups to be vaccinated by GP
Children to be offered the childhood flu vaccination by GP practices include:-
Flu vaccine and egg allergy - Green Book Guidance for staff
Confirmed history of anaphylaxis - do not immunise unless in a location where resuscitation staff are available
NHSGGC Healthcare Workers - Staff Vaccination Clinics
Information about this year's Staff Flu Vaccination Programme is available on the NHSGGC Occupational Health site
Gelatin and flu vaccines
Information and guidance for observant religious groups regarding the porcine gelatin content of vaccines is available on the link
Other information resources
Last updated Oct 2018