Flu Vaccination – resources for pharmacy teams

Flu Vaccination – resources for pharmacy teams

This page contains additional information and resources related to the Flu Vaccination Advanced Service.

Click on a heading below for more information. 

PSNC Briefings and other resources

PSNC Briefing 068/17: Services Infographic – Community pharmacy NHS Flu Vaccination Service 2016/17: The patient verdict

PSNC and pharmacyTALK video on the Flu Vaccination Service (August 2017)

PSNC Briefing 066/17: Services Factsheet – Eligible groups for the Flu Vaccination Service 2017/18 (August 2017)

Recorded presentation on the Flu Vaccination Service 2017/18 (August 2017)

PSNC Briefing 064/17: Flu vaccination: The benefits of a community pharmacy service (August 2017)

PSNC Briefing 056/17: Pharmacist checklist for the Flu Vaccination Service (August 2017)

PSNC Briefing 055/17: Guidance on the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service 2017/18 (August 2017)

PSNC Briefing 046/15: Pharmacy flu vaccination process (August 2015)

PSNC Briefing 034/15: Community Pharmacy Flu Vaccination Advanced Service (July 2015)

Top tips to help you make the most of the Flu Vaccination Service

Identifying carers eligible for a flu vaccination 

Social media

Pharmacy teams may want to consider using social media to promote the Flu Vaccination Service.

PSNC Briefing 001/17: Social media guide for community pharmacy teams and LPCs provides  a guide to help pharmacy teams to consider the benefits of using Twitter and other social media as tools for keeping up to date with pharmacy and healthcare news or communicating with patients and other stakeholders.

The on-demand recording of PSNC’s Making the most of social media webinar provides guidance on what social media to use and how to get the most from it.

PHE guidance / briefing documents


The Annual Flu Letter – The national flu immunisation programme 2017/18 (DH/NHS England/PHE)

Public Health England flu programme website hub

Ovalbumin content of flu vaccines for the 2017/18 season

Inactivated influenza vaccine: information for health care practitioners 2017/18


Flu plan 2016/17

PHE – Seasonal flu vaccine uptake in GP patients in England: winter season 2016 to 2017
Report on the uptake of influenza vaccine amongst eligible GP patient groups during the 2016 to 2017 influenza vaccination programme in England. This season the number of patients vaccinated in a school, pharmacy and other healthcare setting was also recorded.


‘Stay Well This Winter’ campaign 2015/16 resources (from Public Health England)

Public Health England Influenza immunisation programme for England, GP patient groups (Data collection survey Season 2015 to 2016) – The number of patients vaccinated in a school, pharmacy and other healthcare setting was also recorded.

Other resources

Immunisation against infectious disease: the green book (flu chapter updated on 28th August 2015)

Vaccine Update

Public Health England Protocol for ordering, storing and handling vaccines

Other resources

Seasonal flu vaccination for pharmacy teams 2017/18 letter and factsheet
Dr Keith Ridge, NHS England’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, writes to remind pharmacy teams of the importance of vaccinating staff against flu. Please note, in the factsheet, the section covering the childhood flu immunisation programme is not applicable to the community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service.

NHS Employers – Why getting the flu jab matters
Video case study of why it is important for all fronline healthcare profesionals to have a flu vaccination.

Joint statement from the Chief Executives of the GMC, GPhC and PSNI – Joint statement on supporting patients in making informed decisions (Nov 2015)
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland have published a joint statement in response to claims that patients and the public have been inappropriately influenced by health professionals when making decisions about where to access services such as flu vaccinations or dispensing of prescriptions.

Practical resources

Anaphylaxis telephone card (Word)
Personalise this card and keep it by the phone to guide staff on calling an ambulance if a patient has an anaphylactic reaction to a vaccination.

The National Pharmacy Association has developed resources to support their members with the implementation of the service, including:

  • a needle stick injury procedure;
  • a hand hygiene procedure; and
  • a template/model Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

(Please note NPA login required).


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