The vaccination programme is unchanged and includes those aged 65 years and older and the following clinical risk groups:
- Chronic respiratory disease
- Asthma requiring repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic renal disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease
In addition to these groups, vaccination of poultry workers is recommended as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of new influenza viruses emerging.
Action: Clinicians will find this information useful in the early planning stages for the vaccination campaign this year.