Influenza

Influenza, or ‘flu’, is a highly contagious acute viral infection that affects people of all ages. Most people recover in a week or two, but flu can cause serious illness and death, especially in the very young and the elderly. Flu epidemics occur mainly in the winter and can result in widespread disruption to healthcare and other services. A vaccine is produced every year based on the strains of virus expected to be circulating.

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Influenza vaccine uptake in frontline healthcare workers – data collection

The Department’s influenza vaccine uptake monitoring team have written to colleagues in PCTs and SHAs regarding responsibilities for data collection. Under the the Review of Central Returns licence ROCR/OR/0270/000MAND, all … Read more → – Influenza vaccine uptake in frontline healthcare workers – data collection

Preparations for winter planning and reporting 2011/12

The Department has published a letter from David Flory, Deputy Chief NHS Executive, and David Behan, Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, setting out preparations for … Read more → – Preparations for winter planning and reporting 2011/12

Update to Green Book: chapter 19 influenza

Download: the update patch to Chapter 19 Influenza. Chapter 19 of the Green book on influenza has been updated to include new advice on the Viroflu vaccine in the Adverse … Read more → – Update to Green Book: chapter 19 influenza

Viroflu vaccine and risk of fever in children under 5 years

A letter from Professor D M Salisbury, Director of Immunisation, advises clinicians to avoid use of Viroflu vaccine in children aged under five years because of an increased risk of … Read more → – Viroflu vaccine and risk of fever in children under 5 years

NHS chief promotes seasonal flu vaccine for frontline workers

NHS Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson  has written to colleagues regarding the seasonal flu immunisation Programme 2011/12, urging active support within the NHS for promoting the programme during the winter. He states that … Read more → – NHS chief promotes seasonal flu vaccine for frontline workers

Update to Green Book: chapter 19 influenza

Download the update patch to Chapter 19 Influenza. Caution in use: Table 19.4 contains errors. The correct information is in the patch dated 29 July. A revised chapter will be … Read more → – Update to Green Book: chapter 19 influenza

Seasonal flu immunisation programme 2011/12

David Behan, Director General for Social Care, for Local Government and Care Partnerships has written to commissioners and providers of social care services about the annual seasonal flu immunisation programme. The … Read more → – Seasonal flu immunisation programme 2011/12