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The CCG have an ambitious target of significantly increasing our flu vaccination uptake rates in Barnet and we value all your efforts in ensuring your at-risk patients are protected against the flu virus. We have put together some resources that you might find useful to assist you in having the highest possible uptake rates and therefore protect your patients and increase your practice income. The payment for administering the vaccination has gone up to £10.06. Public Health England and NHS England expect practices to invite 100% of all eligible patients.

Who should have the flu vaccine?

This year, in addition to targeting all patients in at risks groups, the over 65s, carers, pregnant women and 2 – 4 year olds, the vaccination programme will be extended to Year 6 pupils, which means that all primary school children will now be offered the vaccine for the first time in England.

There remains a need to focus on immunising 2 and 3 year olds and also ensuring that all practice staff have the vaccine. Where practice staff are immunised in other settings we need to ensure this information is included in the Immform submissions to reflect how many primary care staff have been vaccinated.

Barnet CCG will be working with Barnet Council and other partners to support the national ‘Help Us Help You Stay Well This Winter' campaign, highlighting the key messages around the importance of flu vaccinations for at-risk groups and promoting general advice for staying well over the winter months.

The flu programme is a coordinated and evidence based approach to planning for the demands of flu across England.

Each year the NHS prepares for the unpredictability of flu. For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery generally within a week.

However, there is a particular risk of severe illness from catching flu for:

  • older people
  • the very young
  • pregnant women
  • those with underlying disease, particularly chronic respiratory or cardiac disease
  • those who are immunosuppressed

Updated DHSC Guidance for general practice on accessing DHSC centrally supplied flu vaccines

As you will be aware, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced its intention to run the largest flu programme ever in the 2020/2021 flu season. Part of this includes a drive to increase uptake in existing cohorts eligible for a free vaccine under the NHS programme while also expanding the programme to include new groups.

The Department has secured an additional supply of influenza vaccines, which arrive later in the season to top up local supplies once they run low. We can now confirm the process by which GPs will be able to access this additional stock. A pre-set proportion of this additional stock will also be made available to Trusts and community pharmacies, and the arrangements for them to order against this stock will be confirmed shortly.

Please note that the stock arrives during October, November and December.

Read the full announcement and see the detailed guidance.

Resources / Communication Materials

An interactive flu immunisation e-learning programme, written by PHE, and produced by Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare, is available for anyone involved in delivering the flu immunisation programme.

Video for health professionals

NHS Education for Scotland has made a video for health professionals on how to administer the vaccine.

As you will be aware, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced its intention to run the largest flu programme ever in the 2020/2021 flu season. Part of this includes a drive to increase uptake in existing cohorts eligible for a free vaccine under the NHS programme while also expanding the programme to include new groups.

The Department has secured an additional supply of influenza vaccines, which arrive later in the season to top up local supplies once they run low. We can now confirm the process by which GPs will be able to access this additional stock. A pre-set proportion of this additional stock will also be made available to Trusts and community pharmacies, and the arrangements for them to order against this stock will be confirmed shortly.

Please note that the stock arrives during October, November and December.

Read the full announcement and see the detailed guidance.

Public Health England (PHE) materials

2020/2021 Flu Campaign Materials

Practices can order hard copies of these materials via the order line: 0300 123 1002.

Unfortunately, the CCG cannot do this on Practices’ behalf as each organisation has their own allocation and deliveries can only be to one address. Digital materials are likely to be the most useful under the current circumstances. These can be downloaded and added to Practice websites.

PHE have produced a set of short videos giving strong messages about the importance of flu for at risk groups. Click on the links below to view these videos: