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PSNC logo high resAugust 8 2017

PSNC is flagging up two anticipated changes to the forthcoming flu vaccination programme. 

While finalised details have yet to be published, PSNC says pharmacy contractors should be aware that:

  • the contractors can vaccinate people who are morbidly obese (aged from 18 to less than 65 years of age with a Body Mass Index ≥40kg/m2) as an eligible patient group introduced this season
  • new paperwork reflecting this additional category of patient is being introduced for 2017-18; any paper forms from previous years should not be used with the exception of the form to request to provide NHS flu vaccinations to care home or long-stay residential home patients, which is unchanged.

PSNC is keen that contractors receive the correct payment for services, and has set out details about the forms that need to be completed and submitted for payment.

The Directions, service specification and Patient Group Direction for the Flu Vaccination Service 2017-18 have yet to be published by the government, but PSNC has issued a couple of briefings:

  • PSNC Briefing 055/17 Guidance on the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service 2017/18
  • PSNC Briefing 056/17 Pharmacist Checklist for the Flu Vaccination Service

It has also updated the flu hub on the PSNC website. Rosie Taylor, Head of Service Development at PSNC, has also recorded a presentation on the requirements of the Flu Vaccination Service 2017-18. The video provides tips on the practical delivery of the service.

Public Health England has updated its annual flu vaccination pages including guidance for healthcare practitioners about the inactivated influenza vaccine and on the flu vaccination programme for children, the vaccine and how to administer it.

In Scotland, two letters from the Chief Medical Officer Directorate set out the arrangements there. The CMO letter SGHD/CMO(2017)11 sets out the main details of the Scottish flu vaccination programme, which notes:

  • there are no changes to the clinical at-risk groups
  • there is no egg-free flu vaccine available as production has been discontinued, but there is a low egg content vaccine
  • target coverage remains at 75% of at-risk groups
  • pregnant women at any stage of the pregnancy are recommended to have the full vaccine.

An accompanying CMO letter, SGHD/CMO(2017)12, details the Scottish childhood flu vaccination programme.

Links:
PSNC announcement     
PSNC briefings and video                 
PHE Annual Flu Programme         
PHE inactivated influenza vaccine information    
PHE Childhood flu programme   
PHE Influenza vaccine uptake in primary school children 2015-16 
Scottish Government Seasonal flu vaccination programme             
Scottish Government Childhood flu vaccination programme      

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