Childhood flu vaccine shortages update
Due to shortages of the childhood flu vaccine Fluenz, Public Health England and MHRA have agreed that practices can instead use the US labelled FluMist® Quadrivalent, which is fully licensed for use in the UK.
Public Health England has published FAQs, which explain about the batch expiry date and how to record it on the clinical system (either as ‘Influenza vaccine (Live attenuated)’ or ‘Fluenz Tetra’).
Public Health England has also produced separate guidance on cold chain failures.
Further information is available in the special edition of Vaccine Update, Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) for the UK childhood flu programme