Ask PSNC: Flu FAQs

Ask PSNC: Flu FAQs

October 9, 2017

The team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the NHS Flu Vaccination Service 2017/18. Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks.

Q. Can a pharmacist providing the NHS Flu Vaccination Advanced Service and qualified as an independent prescriber prescribe the vaccine for patients, rather than using the national PGD?
No. The Advanced Service only uses the national PGD to authorise administration of the vaccine.

Q. Can a pharmacy technician administer the vaccine under the Advanced Service?
No. The flu vaccination is administered under the authority of a PGD and the associated regulatory requirements mean that products have to be administered by a pharmacist: administration of a parenteral POM cannot be delegated to another person after the supply has been made under a PGD by a pharmacist.

Q. 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.

Q. If a pharmacist administers adrenaline in an emergency to treat anaphylaxis, is a PGD required to authorise the administration?
No. Regulation 238 of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 allows adrenaline to be administered by anyone for the purpose of saving life in an emergency.

Q. If a carer consents for me to notify their GP practice that they are a carer after they’ve received a flu vaccination at the pharmacy, how should I notify them?
If a patient has consented for you to notify their GP practice (verbal consent is acceptable), a note can be added to the paper GP notification form to say that the patient is a carer. If the pharmacy is using an email address, a note can be included in the body of the email informing the GP practice that the patient is a carer and if PharmOutcomes or Sonar Informatics is being used then a note can be added to the additional comments box.

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