Public Health England and the Department of Health have issued the first of two letters about the flu immunisation programme for the 2013/14 winter.

This first letter, sent to NHS England Area Directors, Accountable Officers of Clinical Commissioning Groups, General Practitioners, Screening and Immunisation Leads, Directors of Public Health and Local Authority Chief Executives relates to planning for the existing flu programme.

A second letter will follow with details about the extension of the flu immunisation programme to children in 2013/14.

This annual flu letter has the support of the Department of Health’s Chief Medical Officer, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer and Director of Nursing.

To read the letter in full go to