Thousands of British children are facing delays in influenza vaccines as officials tell schools to reschedule vaccinations in November after testing problems from the pharmaceutical company
- Public Health England has issued an update for the persistent delays
- It said that some schools should reschedule their vaccination sessions
- Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said it had to do some tests on the vaccines again
Schools will have to move flu vaccines for their students due to a delayed delivery, Public Health England has confirmed.
A quarter of the nasal spray vaccines given at schools are delivered later than expected.
Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said that some test processes had not worked and therefore it had to be repeated.
This means that some schools have to reschedule the vaccination sessions they had planned for mid-November.
The NHS says the best time for the jab – which can protect particularly vulnerable people such as young and old – is in October or November.
GPs have been told to give priority to vulnerable young people with underlying conditions, so that they are the first to receive the nasal spray (stock)
& # 39; We are working with AstraZeneca and NHS England and Improvement to ensure that all eligible children receive their flu vaccine as soon as possible & # 39 ;, said Dr. Mary Ramsay of Public Health England.
& # 39; Children with underlying medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to the flu are first given priority by general practitioners. & # 39;
FEARS FLU VACCINE CANNOT BE EFFECTIVE
This year's flu vaccine may not be effective, a top expert from the University of British Columbia warned last week for the winter outbreak.
Dr. Danuta Skowronski told Stat News that this year's puncture for the northern hemisphere – including the US, UK and Canada – is likely to be a & # 39; mismatch & # 39; will be.
Flu shots must be redeveloped before each season based on predictions of which species will be most active in the coming months.
World Health Organization (WHO) officials chose the species in February and chose the southern hemisphere last week.
For the southern hemisphere, officials chose influenza A / H3N2 and B / Victoria – other than the tribes chosen for the north.
Dr. Skowronski said it suggests that the previous prediction was wrong and that the Northern Shots might not have been effective.
PHE said the sessions would be rescheduled for & # 39; as quickly as possible & # 39; but that high-risk children, such as asthma patients, should visit their GPs instead.
The delay only affects some AstraZeneca Fluenz Tetra batches that have not yet been shipped – it is not clear how many.
Flu vaccines for adults are not affected, but the error will delay the immunizations of some children.
AstraZeneca, headquartered in Cambridge, has had to reduce deliveries due to a & # 39; problem detected during routine product release processes & # 39 ;.
It therefore repeats the tests, which means that it will take longer to take the vaccines to schools and doctors' offices.
But PHE insists that there will be enough for all eligible children to receive a free vaccination. They are offered to all students between the ages of two and eleven.
Laurent Abuaf, president of AstraZeneca, said: “We realize how important it is to deliver a full supply of vaccine to the NHS and do everything we can to minimize the delay of these affected parties.
& # 39; As part of our normal product release process, we need to repeat some tests before part of our vaccine stock can be released and delivered. & # 39;
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