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Seasonal Influenza

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2006, Official Report, column 763W, on influenza, if she will make a statement on the progress of the review on the seasonal influenza vaccination programme; and whether she expects to publish the review findings before general practitioners order their stocks of influenza vaccine for the winter of 2006-07. (73871)

Independent assessors have been appointed and are carrying out the review.

Once complete, the reviewers will submit their findings to the Secretary of State for Health. The recommendations will be given careful consideration and the reviewers report will be made available.

General practitioners are already ordering their stocks, and any recommendations from the review will be considered for the 2007 seasonal influenza immunisation programme.