The Department of Health has announced some changes to the national swine flu vaccination programme and have also written to advise healthcare professionals of the updated dosing schedules for children aged under 6 months.
The vaccination programme has been extended to include children aged 6 months to 5 years. This age group have been included as they are more likely to be admitted to hospital if the contract swine flu and are also more likely to need require critical care.
A letter (PDF) has also been sent advising of a change to the dosage for children aged under 6 months after an update to the market authorisation for oseltamivir (Tamiflu®). To reflect the new dosing recommendations updated antiviral vouchers are being produced and are expected by 14th December 2009.
Action: Clinicians who are involved in the swine flu vaccination programme or who authorise treatment with antiviral medication should be aware of these changes.