The CCG has an ambitious target of significantly increasing flu vaccination uptake rates in North Central London and we value all your efforts in ensuring your at-risk patients are protected against the flu virus this winter. We have put together some resources that you might find useful to assist you in having the highest possible uptake rates and therefore protecting 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 50s, carers, pregnant women and 2 to 4 year olds, the vaccination programme will be extended to all secondary school pupils, which means that all school-aged 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.
North Central London CCG will be working with Local Authorities and other partners to support the national Winter Vaccinations campaign, highlighting the key messages around the importance of flu vaccinations and Covid Boosters 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 2021/2022 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 we do not expect this stock to be made available until the end of October
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.
Public Health England (PHE) materials
2021/2022 Flu Campaign Materials
This year Public Health England and the NHS are running a joint Covid Booster and Flu vaccine campaign. You can access the campaign materials online.
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.
Some publications available now include: