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Community pharmacists in England provided 595,467 flu vaccinations to patients under the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2015/16.¹

On 20th July 2015, PSNC announced that community pharmacies in England can offer a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination service for patients in at-risk groups.  The service can be provided by any community pharmacy that meets the expected regulations, has had the relevant training and notified NHS England they are offering the service.

The provision of flu vaccinations though local pharmacies, with no need for a prior appointment, increases access to this public health initiative to a wider cohort of patients who would not have previously accessed it.


Additional support and commonly asked questions.

  • Which patients are eligible to receive a vaccine under the NHS community pharmacy Advanced Flu Vaccination Service?
  • Can children receive a flu vaccination under the community pharmacy Advanced Flu Vaccination Service?
  • Are pharmacy team members an eligible group for flu vaccination within the Advanced Service?
  • More FAQs
Which patients are eligible to receive a vaccine under the NHS community pharmacy Advanced Flu Vaccination Service?

The eligible groups are:

  • all people aged 65 years and over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2017);
  • people aged from 18 to less than 65 years of age with one or more of the following medical conditions:
  • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis;
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure;
  • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five;
  • chronic liver disease;
  • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability;
  • diabetes;
  • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment); or
  • splenic dysfunction
  • pregnant women aged 18 or over (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season);
  • people aged 18 or over living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities*;
  • carers aged 18 or over; or
  • household contacts of immunocompromised individuals who are aged 18 or over.
Can children receive a flu vaccination under the community pharmacy Advanced Flu Vaccination Service?

No. The NHS Advanced Flu Vaccination Service is for patients aged 18 years and over who fall into an eligible group; it does not cover children.

Are pharmacy team members an eligible group for flu vaccination within the Advanced Service?

No. Employers may wish to offer pharmacy staff flu vaccinations as part of their occupational health arrangements, but this cannot be undertaken as part of the Advanced Service. If a pharmacy team member is eligible for an NHS flu vaccination and falls into one of the eligible patient groups for the Advanced Service, they would be able to use the service at the pharmacy.

More FAQs

For more Flu Vaccination FAQs click here


References
(1) PSNC

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