Delayed delivery of childhood influenza vaccine

12 November 2019

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The Scottish Government’s Chief Medical Officer Directorate has reported that deliveries of some batches of this year’s childhood influenza vaccine have been delayed. The batches affected are of the Live Attenuated Intranasal Vaccine (LAIV), Fluenz Tetra®.

The Government reported that five of eight batches due for delivery to the UK in November and December failed their routine quality assurance testing procedure, conducted by the manufacturer. This failure is not related to the safety or efficacy of the vaccines and affects vaccine supplies to all countries of the UK. 

There will be reduced stock of the vaccine available during November and potentially early December. It is anticipated that stock will become available again within two to four weeks.

Source: Scottish Government, 1 November 2019