There is no crisis in the supply of influenza vaccine. It is my policy that the necessary flu vaccine will be available.
The Department of Health have taken all the appropriate measures to ensure that the health boards have sufficient stocks of influenza vaccine to meet the demand from persons in the groups deemed to be at risk. In the context, the WHO and the Department do not recommend vaccination of the general population but of those who are at risk due to chronic respiratory disease, chronic heart disease, chronic renal disease and diabetics melitus or other endocrine disorders or similarily compromised patients.
In May 1990, the World Health Organisation identified the virus strains of influenza for 1990-91 and recommended the appropriate influenza vaccine strains.