Seasonal flu vaccination reminder for pharmacy teams

Seasonal flu vaccination reminder for pharmacy teams

October 25, 2018

The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Dr Keith Ridge, has written a letter to encourage pharmacy teams in direct contact with the public to be vaccinated against influenza this winter.

In a letter to pharmacy bodies, Dr Ridge, said:

“The General Pharmaceutical Council advises pharmacy professionals providing key healthcare services, and often dealing with patients directly, to consider getting vaccinated and to encourage their staff to get vaccinated as well.”

Last year, figures show that 68.7% of frontline health care workers were vaccinated against flu, compared to 63.2% in 2016/17. In the letter, Dr Ridge stresses that this is a significant achievement but he would like to see more frontline staff vaccinated this year to help reduce pressure on the NHS.

Letter from Keith Ridge

Factsheet

Frequently Asked Question

Q. Are pharmacy team members an eligible group for flu vaccination within the community pharmacy Advanced Flu Vaccination Service?
No. Employers may wish to offer pharmacy staff flu vaccinations as part of their occupational health arrangements, but this cannot be undertaken as part of the Advanced Service. If a pharmacy team member is eligible for an NHS flu vaccination and falls into one of the eligible patient groups for the Advanced Service, they would be able to use the service at the pharmacy.



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