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Influenza

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what quantity of influenza vaccine the Government's scientific advisers have recommended should be stockpiled; and what quantity of influenza vaccine has been stockpiled. (167409)

The Government have already stockpiled 3.3 million doses of H5N1 vaccine. The science underpinning the further development and potential use of pre-pandemic vaccine, including the range of options for the size of any future stockpile, has been reviewed by United Kingdom and other international experts. Their conclusions are available on the Department's website at

www.advisorybodies.doh.gov.uk/sagpf/minutes/sag-modelling-summary-nov2007.pdf

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the expenditure on the seasonal influenza immunisation programme, broken down by major cost area. (166383)

The major costs of the flu immunisation programme for England are estimated to be as follows:

£ million

Vaccine cost reimbursement

54

Item of service payment

67

Personal administration fee

21

These estimates are based on last year's costs. The costs do not take into account any locally-funded initiatives, or incentives via the Quality Outcomes Framework.