Over 275k flu vaccinations administered by community pharmacy in under three weeks

Over 275k flu vaccinations administered by community pharmacy in under three weeks

September 22, 2017

Community pharmacy teams have made a fantastic start to the provision of the Flu Vaccination Service by administering over 275,000 flu vaccinations in just under three weeks.

Data from PharmOutcomes and Sonar Informatics has confirmed that pharmacy teams have hit the 275,000 mark, although the total number of vaccinations administered will be even higher as some pharmacy teams are not using the electronic systems to record administration of flu vaccines.

Last year the total number of vaccines administered in community pharmacies under the national Flu Vaccination Service was 950,765, so reaching the 275,000 mark in just under three weeks is a fantastic start to try to improve on last year’s total.

The statistics can be viewed using the shortlink: psnc.org.uk/flustats

PSNC Director of NHS Services Alastair Buxton said:

“As these figures show, community pharmacy teams have once again made a really strong start to the national Flu Vaccination Service and this is a result of all the hard work put in by contractors, pharmacy teams, LPCs and others. Every year, a huge amount of effort goes into getting the necessary materials and resources ready and then preparing for the service; so, a very big well done is deserved for all involved.

The number of patients accessing the service through pharmacies shows how much they value the convenience of pharmacies, and every vaccination is another contribution towards NHS targets. Based on the experience of health services in Australia and New Zealand, this winter is likely to see very high levels of flu, which will put a significant strain on the whole of the NHS; maximising the number of at-risk patients who are vaccinated is one way that community pharmacy can play its part in helping the wider NHS prepare for winter.”

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