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The seasonal influenza immunisation programme. Consultation: a review of the procurement of seasonal vaccine

Consultation
Abstract: 
Although it is proposed that many aspects of public health will be devolved to local decision making, consideration of the existing system of local procurement of flu vaccine suggests that it does not provide the best approach within the NHS. In particular, the localised vaccine shortages experienced in the winter of 2010/11 suggest that a more robust procurement arrangement may be required. The government is therefore considering the introduction of central procurement of seasonal flu vaccine. Any change to the current procurement system needs to be considered against the following criteria: - does it make the vaccine supply system more robust? - could it improve vaccine uptake? - what would be the implications for value for money of the vaccination programme? This document sets out proposals for a new approach to seasonal flu vaccine procurement and seeks views on these proposals in light of the above criteria. Consultation deadline: 17 August 2011
Authors: 
Department of Health
Category: 
Control
Management
Prevention