Ask PSNC: Flu FAQs

Ask PSNC: Flu FAQs

October 8, 2018

The team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the NHS Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19. Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks.

Q. If a patient was previously eligible for a flu vaccine but is currently no longer in a risk group, can they still receive a vaccine?
Some patients may have been eligible for a vaccine under the Flu Vaccination Service during previous flu seasons whilst in an at risk group but may no longer be in that group. Examples could include women who were pregnant during the last flu season but are no longer pregnant or patients who were taking regular inhaled steroids during last flu season but are no longer taking them.

Providing that these patients are not in any other risk group as detailed in Annex A of the service specification they would not be eligible for a flu vaccination this year under the Flu Vaccination Service.

Q. Is there a definition of carers who are eligible for the Flu Vaccination Service?
The Carer’s Trust defines a carer as anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. Unpaid carers may or may not be receiving Carer’s Allowance.

A paid carer is someone that is employed to care for a patient and support their individual needs. Paid carers can work in a variety of settings, including residential homes, nursing homes or at home with the patient.

Q. Which care home and domiciliary care workers are eligible for the Flu Vaccination Advanced Service?
Health and social care staff who are eligible for the Flu Vaccination Service are those aged 18 years and over, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider or a voluntary managed hospice provider who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza. Vulnerable means those patients/clients in a clinical risk group for flu or aged 65 years and over, are eligible to be vaccinated by community pharmacies.

Q. Can community pharmacies provide vaccinations to social care workers or hospice workers at their place of work?
No. Flu vaccinations must be administered to care home, domiciliary care and hospice care workers at the community pharmacy premises. There is no provision within the service specification to vaccinate at their place of work.

Q. A patient has requested a flu vaccination in their own home; do I need to let the patient’s GP know before I vaccinate the patient?
No. If a pharmacist is vaccinating a patient in their own home they do not need to notify the patient’s GP before vaccinating the patient (however, if a patient is in a care home, the patient’s GP must be notified prior to vaccinating the patient).

Further FAQs can be found at: psnc.org.uk/fluFAQs



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