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Swine Flu: Air Traffic Controllers

Volume 713: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Air Traffic Control staff are considered critical workers and accordingly will be offered anti-swine-flu treatment. [HL5699]

We are not prioritising the distribution of antivirals, such as Tamiflu, to professional groups or particular sections of society. We have sufficient stocks of antivirals for anyone reporting symptoms to receive treatment following an assessment through the National Pandemic Flu Service, or general practitioner practices if they have underlying health conditions.

Air traffic control staff do not, as a group, meet current criteria for eligibility for the swine flu vaccination campaign although individual members of staff may fall within one or more of the high-risk priority groups in line with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice. The use of the vaccine in the wider healthy population will depend on the evolution of the pandemic as well as new and emerging clinical data on the use of the vaccine. This will be kept under review by JCVI.