The Chief Medical and Pharmaceutical Officers for England have circulated the following message to Prescribers & Community Pharmacists: The most recent surveillance data from Public Health England (PHE) indicates that circulation of influenza in the community has returned to baseline levels. GPs and other prescribers working in primary care should no longer prescribe antiviral medicines, for the prophylaxisContinue Reading »
Public Health England have published udated guidance on how to manage suspected or confirmed ‘flu using antiviral agents. – with a new frequently asked questions section. The guidance covers: definitions treatment of suspected or confirmed influenza post-exposure prophylaxis supply of zanamivir acqueous solution use of anti-virals in pregnancy, breastfeeding, hepatic or renal dysfunction
NHS winter pressures campaigns promote appropriate self-care & illnesss prevention measures and provide signposting & guidance on prudent use of NHS services during the winter period. This winter, NHS England and Public Health England are introducing a new overarching brand that brings together all the winter pressures campaign activity – ‘Help Us, Help You’. The campaign is delivered across aContinue Reading »
Two types of flu vaccine are available for children in 2018 to 2019: the ‘live’ nasal spray vaccine and the inactivated injected flu vaccine. Public Health England have published a colouful wallchart to help.