Flu vaccination supply update

Flu vaccination supply update

January 15, 2018

Community pharmacy contractors and their teams may be aware of national media reports about flu vaccination shortages in pharmacies, which were published over the weekend.

In particular, a Daily Telegraph report suggested that some pharmacies who it contacted did not have stock.

PSNC has confirmed that flu vaccinations are still available within the pharmacy wholesaler market, so pharmacies needing vaccinations should still be able to source them.

PSNC Director of NHS Services Alastair Buxton said:

“As we reach the end of the traditional period for vaccinating people against flu, it would be normal for community pharmacies to be running stocks down as part of their stock management systems. However, as we are seeing increasing flu levels this year, many are likely to continue vaccinating people for the immediate future.

While stock is clearly not as plentiful as it was at the start of the season, supplies are available within the pharmacy wholesale market, and with community pharmacies often receiving two deliveries of medicines per day from wholesalers, most should be able to restock quickly if needed.

Although we are now well into the flu season, it is not too late to have a flu vaccination, and people aged under 65 in at-risk groups are particularly encouraged to do so. Community pharmacies can offer NHS flu vaccinations to people in eligible groups on a walk-in basis.”

LPCs may wish to use this statement where local media have questions about flu vaccination supplies.

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