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a flu vaccination imageFebruary 1 2018

Pharmacy contractors should not place any flu vaccine orders for the 2018-19 season until further guidance is issued on February 5, NHS England has advised.

In a letter to pharmacists and GPs, NHS England explained it is “currently reviewing the clinical evidence, including advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and cost-effectiveness data from Public Health England in respect of influenza vaccines for 65 year olds and over and those in at risk groups who are under 65 years old.

“We will provide definitive guidance to general practice and community pharmacies on influenza vaccine for the 2018-19 season on Monday 5th February 2018. No further orders for influenza vaccine should be made and no provisional orders should be converted to confirmed orders until this national guidance is issued for adoption.”

PSNC has uploaded NHS England’s letter on its website. It is also reminding contractors to check that they are receiving the appropriate payment for the flu vaccine service. Following queries received during last year’s vaccination scheme, PSNC has issued a checklist of the claims procedure for this year.

In addition, it said: “PSNC would like to see flu vaccination payments digitised, enabling more accurate reconciliation of payments; we are pushing NHS England to agree to the NHS BSA adopting this approach via the ‘Manage Your Submissions’ portal which is already being developed currently.”

PHE has also issued advice in light of questions from health professionals about re-calling eligible patients and health care workers who have already received trivalent influenza vaccine (TIV) to give them quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) in addition. “This is unlikely to be of benefit and recall of such vaccinated individuals is not recommended,” said PHE.

It has also issued a summary of data to support the choice of vaccine for adults in primary care.

Links:
NHS England letter (via PSNC website) 
PHE statement
PHE summary of vaccine data   
PSNC flu payments reminder    

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