Flu Vaccination Service

Flu Vaccination Service



On 20th July 2015, PSNC announced that as part of the 2015/16 community pharmacy funding settlement NHS England had agreed to allow community pharmacies in England to offer a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination service for patients in at-risk groups. This service is the fifth Advanced Service in the English Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) and provision of the service commenced from 16th September 2015.


Please note, the Flu Vaccination Service 2016/17 finished on 31st March 2017.

In May 2016, NHS England announced the Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination programme would be recommissioned for the 2016/17 flu season. 

The service can be provided by any community pharmacy in England that fully meets the requirements for provision of the service and has notified NHS England of their intention to begin providing the service by completing a notification form on the NHS BSA website. The links below provide full details on the service requirements and associated briefing and support materials.

PSNC Briefing 040/16: Guidance on the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service 2016/17 provides detailed guidance on the service and should be read by all contractors prior to providing the service 


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. However, no discussions on the contractual requirements or funding have yet taken place with PSNC.

Click on a heading below for more information.

Introduction and background

Service specification, Secretary of State Directions, Patient Group Direction and Guidance

Notifying NHS England prior to providing the service

Eligible patient groups

Training requirements and resources

Record keeping and data requirements

Patient questionnaire

Communicating with GP practices 

Providing the service in care homes

Promoting the service to patients

Resources for pharmacy teams

Identifying carers eligible for a flu vaccination 

Information and resources for LPCs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Claiming payment


Flu vaccination service statistics

Webinar (click through for the on-demand recording)


Pharmacists and contractors practising in Wales should visit the Community Pharmacy Wales website for information on flu vaccination services in Wales.

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