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


Patient leaflet: When patients are asked to return to the pharmacy for aTIV (October 2018)

PSNC Briefing 050/18: Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19: Adjuvanted trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (aTIV) (September 2018)

PSNC Briefing 048/18: Pharmacist checklist for the Flu Vaccination Service (September 2018)

On-demand version of the Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19 webinar (August 2018)

PSNC Briefing 046/18: Flu vaccination: The benefits of a community pharmacy service (August 2018)

PSNC Briefing 043/18: Factsheet: Eligible groups for the Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19 (August 2018)

PSNC Briefing 042/18: Guidance on the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service 2018/19 (August 2018)

PSNC Briefing 041/18: Changes to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service 2018/19 (August 2018)

PSNC Briefing 018/18: Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19 – Important update for contractors (March 2018)

PSNC Briefing 068/17: Services Infographic – Community pharmacy NHS Flu Vaccination Service 2016/17: The patient verdict (September 2017)

PSNC and pharmacyTALK video on the Flu Vaccination Service (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

Frequently asked questions

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.

PSNC has also created Flu Vaccination Service template tweets which pharmacy teams may find useful.

PHE guidance / briefing documents


National flu immunisation programme letter

Public Health England flu programme website hub

Ovalbumin content of flu vaccines for the 2019/20 season


Inactivated influenza vaccine: information for health care practitioners

Vaccine update: Flu special edition

CAS alert: Influenza Season 2018/19: Use of Antiviral Medicines (December 2018)

‘Stay Well This Winter’ campaign resources

Protocol for ordering, storing and handling vaccines

Vaccine Update

Flu vaccines for the 2018/19 season poster

Seasonal flu vaccine uptake in GP patients: monthly data, 2018 to 2019
Cumulative data showing the number of GP registered patients in England having the seasonal influenza vaccine.


Seasonal flu vaccine uptake in GP patients: winter 2017 to 2018
Report on the uptake of influenza vaccine in eligible GP patient groups during the 2017 to 2018 influenza vaccination programme in England. This season the number of patients vaccinated in a school, pharmacy and other healthcare setting was also recorded.


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.


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.

NHS England guidance / briefing documents


Vaccine ordering for 2019/20 influenza season: letters


Local actions to ensure aTIV is offered to individuals aged 65 years and over (September 2018)

Extension of NHS seasonal influenza vaccination to social care workers and staff in the voluntary managed hospice sector: letter from Professor Stephen Powis (September 2018)

Flu vaccinations for 2018 and planning flu clinics letter (August 2018)

Flu vaccination programme delivery guidance (August 2018)

Vaccine ordering for 2018-19 influenza season letter (February 2018)

Seasonal flu vaccination for pharmacy teams 2018/19 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, pharmacy team members are not an eligible group for flu vaccination within the community pharmacy Advanced Flu Vaccination Service. 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.

Other resources

JCVI – Advice on influenza vaccines for 2019/20 (October 2018)

NHS Improvement Letter: Adrenaline for anaphylaxis kits – a reminder to health care professionals (October 2018)

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

Immunisation against infectious disease: the green book (flu chapter updated on 15th August 2018)

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.

Flu jab information: Guide for Pharmacists – Easy-read information about who is eligible for a free flu vaccination (Hertfordshire County Council Community Learning Disability Service – Health Liaison Team).

People with learning disabilities and the flu injection – Easy-read information with information for people with learning disabilities, their family, carers and paid supporters (National Development Team for Inclusion).


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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