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Originator: CMO Messaging

From: Department of Health & Social Care

Issue date: 31-Dec-2018 14:26:39

Action by recipients:
  • NHS Trusts (England) - Medical Director
  • CMO Urgent Messages - Recipients on Public Health Link
  • NHS Foundation Trusts (England) - Medical Director
  • NHS Foundation Trusts (England) - Chief Executive
  • NHS Trusts (England) - Chief Executive
  • NHS Regional Offices

Information to recipients:
  • Special Health Authorities
  • Other contacts
  • Territorial CMOs in Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales
  • CMO Urgent Messages - Non-NHS Recipients on Public Health Link
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups

Action category: Class 1: Immediate

Title: Influenza Season 2018/19: Use of antiviral medicines

Broadcast content: Surveillance data indicates an increase in influenza cases in the community. Prescribers may now prescribe and pharmacists may now supply antiviral medicines for the prophylaxis and treatment of influenza at NHS expense.

Hospital clinicians should continue to prescribe antiviral medicines for patients whose illness is confirmed or clinically suspected to be due to influenza, in accordance with PHE guidance for the treatment of complicated influenza.

Please see the attached alert for further information.

Additional information: NHS England Regional Offices: please cascade this alert to GPs and community pharmacists.

Alert reference: CEM/CMO/2018/005

Cascade to:
  • #GP#
  • #NURSES#
  • #HospitalPharmacy#

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