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.

Public Health England guidance and briefing documents

National flu immunisation programme letter

Flu vaccines poster for the 2020 to 2021 flu season

Public Health England flu programme website hub

Ovalbumin content of flu vaccines for the 2020/21 season

Inactivated influenza vaccine: information for health care practitioners

Protocol for ordering, storing and handling vaccines

Vaccine Update

NHS England and NHS Improvement guidance

Vaccine ordering for 2020/21 influenza season: letters

Other resources

NPA flu resources and SOP (login required)

Resuscitation Council UK: Anaphylactic reactions – Initial treatment (PDF) poster

NICE – Guideline 103, Flu vaccination: increasing uptake (August 2018)

Immunisation against infectious disease: the green book (flu chapter updated on 23rd April 2019)

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 a wide range of resources to support their members with the implementation of the service (NPA login required).

Flu vaccinations for pharmacy staff

As has been the case for several years, in the National Flu immunisation letter issued in early August 2020, the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England and NHS England and NHS Improvement advise that all frontline health and social care workers should receive a flu vaccination this season.

They note that this should be provided by their employer, in order to meet their responsibility to protect their staff and patients and ensure the overall safe running of services. They also state that employers should commission a service which makes access easy to the vaccine for all frontline staff, encourage staff to get vaccinated, and monitor the delivery of their programmes.

This guidance applies to pharmacy contractors and is aligned with guidance issued by the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer in previous years. Such provision of flu vaccinations to pharmacy staff is an occupational health service and as such it is not covered by the NHS commissioned Flu Vaccination Advanced Service (but any pharmacy staff within the eligible cohorts for that service can be vaccinated under the service). PSNC has proposed that vaccination of pharmacy staff should be included within the Advanced service, but NHS England and NHS Improvement will not agree to this and they are clear that, as with all other healthcare providers, the responsibility for provision of such occupational health services lies with the pharmacy contractor.

On 16th September 2020, Ruth May (Chief Nursing Officer for England), Keith Ridge (Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England) and other professional leaders, wrote a joint letter to frontline healthcare staff, including community pharmacy staff, asking them to accept the offer of a free flu vaccination from their employer (as part of the provision of an occupational health service), to protect their own health, that of their family and vulnerable patients that they might come into contact with.


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