Date lodged: 6 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what estimate it has made of demand for the 2018-19 flu vaccination in the NHS Ayrshire and Arran area, and whether the NHS board has sufficient supplies of the vaccine to meet this.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 21 December 2018
NHS Procurement undertakes the seasonal flu vaccine procurement on behalf of NHS Scotland each year. Forecasting for the coming flu season is important to support the effective delivery of the seasonal flu programme and this is done on the basis of population data for each of the eligible groups, historical uptake rates and the World Health Organisation uptake target.
For 2018 -19 we? have more flu vaccine overall than compared with last year. NHS Ayrshire and Arran have advised that they are not aware of any current issues in the area regarding the supply of flu vaccine.