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vaccineNovember 9 2015

Boots is launching a private meningitis B vaccination service for children between two and 18 years old. The service will run in selected stores from this month.

Announcing the service, Boots has pointed out that the NHS introduced the meningitis B vaccination into the routine vaccine schedule for infants. “While this vaccination routine helps to protect the most vulnerable babies at an age group when they are most at risk of developing meningitis B, Boots recognises that some parents may want to consider vaccination for their children who are outside of the routine age range for the NHS programme” it said.

Parents interested in having their child vaccinated will need to speak to a trained pharmacist who will assess whether the child is eligible for vaccination. If so, the pharmacist will administer two vaccinations at two months apart for those aged 2-10 years or a month apart for older children.

Marc Donovan, superintendent pharmacist at Boots UK, commented: “Vaccination services are an increasingly important part of our pharmacy offer, and demonstrate that a pharmacist can offer much more to patients. Building on the success of the Boots Travel Vaccinations and Health Advice Service and the Boots Winter Flu Jab Service, we believe this new service will give greater access to the meningitis B vaccination, at a more accessible cost than many private clinics.”

Boots is charging £95 for each vaccination, and as two doses are recommended, the total course costs £190.

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Independent pharmacy support group Avicenna is urging its members to get involved with flu vaccination services, saying it believes around one third of pharmacists are not doing any vaccinations.

It believes it is likely that the service, which was introduced into the national pharmacy contract in September, will be renewed next year, although at this stage it is not known whether there will be any changes to the service specification or whether other vaccines will be introduced.

“However, we recommend that each pharmacy should do at least 25 vaccines, preferably 50 which may serve as a validation point for travel PGDs [patient group directions]. For those in London, consider doing pneumococcal (PPV) for eligible patients” said Avicenna.

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Links:

Boots announcement

Boots Meningitis B Vaccination Service

Avicenna announcement

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