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flu-vaccineSeptember 21 2015

Community pharmacy contractors in England are now able to provide flu vaccination services under a national scheme, following regulatory changes.

The service can be supplied by pharmacies accredited to provide Advanced Services. Until now, pharmacies providing flu vaccination have had to do so under locally commissioned arrangements.

Last week a service specification was published followed by amendments to the Secretary of State Directions, and the publication of a nation Patient Group Direction.

An amendment to the Drug Tariff says that pharmacy contractors meeting the required standards, and having informed NHS Business Services Authority, will receive a fee of £7.54 for each adult flu vaccination they administer, plus an additional fee of £1.50 to cover training and clinical waste costs associated with the vaccination. Reimbursement for the cost of the flu vaccine is the usual Drug Tariff price.

Pharmacy’s negotiating body PSNC had announced the new service in July as part of the pharmacy remuneration package for 2015-16.

Public Health England has also published an evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the 2014-15 flu vaccine. It says that the child flu vaccine, Fluenz, “provided good protection against circulating strains of influenza B,” and for those aged under 18 years:

  • effectiveness of the vaccine against influenza A was 35%
  • effectiveness of the vaccine against influenza B was 100%.

The adult vaccine was found overall to have an effectiveness of 34% against the circulating flu strains.

“Lower estimates of the effectiveness were calculated mid-season at 3%. However, a shift in the dominant circulating strains occurred throughout the rest of the flu season. The final results showed:

  • effectiveness of the adult flu vaccine against influenza A was 29.3%
  • effectiveness of the adult flu vaccine against influenza B was 46.3%.”

Links

PSNC announcement about flu service

NHS BSA Drug Tariff changes     

PHE statement on 2014-15 flu vaccine   

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