2017/18 Flu Plan confirms recommissioning of national pharmacy flu service

2017/18 Flu Plan confirms recommissioning of national pharmacy flu service

March 22, 2017

The publication of the annual flu letter for 2017/18 by the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England confirms that the Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service will continue in 2017/18. 

The annual flu letter is published as part of the national flu immunisation programme plan for 2017 to 2018 which outlines details of the influenza vaccination programme for winter 2017/18.

The plan sets out a coordinated and evidence-based approach to planning for, and responding to, the demands of influenza across England. In the coming year, all school-aged children in reception class and Years 1 to 4 will be offered flu vaccination.

Commenting on the decision to continue commissioning of the pharmacy service, Alastair Buxton, PSNC Director of NHS Services said:

“The significant growth in the number of people vaccinated by pharmacies during the 2016/17 season has demonstrated the ongoing popularity of this service with patients and the positive impact it is having for the NHS. It is therefore entirely sensible that NHS England has decided to continue commissioning the service in 2017/18, however no discussions on the contractual requirements or funding have yet taken place with PSNC.”

Flu plan: winter 2017 to 2018 (including the annual flu letter)

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