Final flu vaccination figures for 2017/18 published by NHS BSA

Final flu vaccination figures for 2017/18 published by NHS BSA

May 23, 2018

Community pharmacists in England administered 1,344,462* flu vaccinations to patients under the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2017/18.

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) has published the Advanced Service Flu Report 2017/18, detailing the community pharmacy contractors who signed up to provide the service, as well as the NHS England area, vaccines administered, and drug and fee costs.

The number of community pharmacies which provided the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2017/18 was 8,987 (77.1% of all community pharmacies in England).

The average number of vaccinations carried out by each participating pharmacy was 150, although one contractor greatly exceeded this by completing over 1,000 vaccinations.

Compared to the 2016/17 flu season, the NHS BSA figures show that the total number of flu vaccinations administered this year was higher by 393,697 with 536 more contractors having provided the service.

Alastair Buxton, PSNC Director of NHS Services, said:

“This is a hugely significant milestone for community pharmacy teams across the country and it is a testament to their hard work, dedication and commitment to deliver the best service to their patients, despite the current pressures facing the sector. Pharmacy teams all over the country have done a fantastic job to promote and provide the Flu Vaccination Service and in this way have played an important part in helping patients and the NHS to cope with the particularly challenging winter we have all just experienced.

It comes as no surprise that the number of vaccines administered in pharmacies is going up year after year; pharmacy teams have a real appetite to offer patients and local communities more clinical services and ease burden on other healthcare providers.”


*Please note, these figures have been updated since the original publication of this news article due to updated information from the NHS BSA.

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