17 November 2013

Short Shelf-Life of Fluenz

The Department of Health has asked whether we can remind practices of the short shelf-life of the Fluenz vaccine. The tripartite letter from 26 July 2013 advised:

‘Fluenz® has a shorter shelf life (18 weeks) than other influenza vaccines and some of this will have passed by the time the vaccine has been supplied to you. The expiry date on the nasal spray applicator should always be checked before use. Vaccine has been ordered to cover the period over which historically the flu vaccine has been used, extending from September to mid-December. All the Fluenz® will have expired by 16th January 2014. In the light of this it will be important to ensure that efforts are made to vaccinate children before the Christmas holidays.’

We would urge practices to continue their efforts for inviting children aged 2-3 years to be vaccinated, as set out in the
service specification .

For further information about the seasonal flu programme, please see the
vaccinations and immunisation pages on the BMA website.

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