Each year from September through to January the NHS runs a seasonal flu vaccination campaign aiming to vaccinate all patients who are at risk of developing more serious complications from the virus. These include people aged 65 years and over, pregnant women and those with certain health conditions.
In recent years many pharmacies have been commissioned to provide NHS flu vaccination services. These services sit alongside the nationally commissioned GP vaccination service, giving patients another choice of venue for their vaccination and helping commissioners to meet their local NHS vaccination targets.
For most healthy people, influenza is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease. However, children, older people, pregnant women and those with underlying disease are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch it.
Why should I attend flu jab training?
Not all pharmacies take part in the scheme however there are many that opt in, as a result we recommend that locums attend flu vaccination training each year because;
- This will allow you to perform better patient care within the pharmacy
- As it's an additional service, pharmacies are more likely to book you
- You are likely to gain better rates because you can perform the service