For NATO deployments, force protection is a national responsibility. The World Health Organisation is ultimately responsible for the protection of civilian local inhabitants. As with any medical supplies, decisions on their use in specific instances will be made on a case-by-case basis, taking into account operational and humanitarian factors.
The Department holds stocks of both vaccines and antivirals for the treatment of seasonal influenza. These will be offered if necessary to specific groups of personnel (such as key workers in the Defence Medical Services), in accordance with the national guidance from the UK Departments of Health.
MOD's policy on the use of vaccines and antivirals with regard to an influenza pandemic follows the Department of Health's national guidelines. For the majority of armed forces personnel there are no plans for prophylactic use, as this is not in accordance with the UK national policy.