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News Story: NHS London Flu Extension


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The weather is set to get colder and, as was the case last year, it is expected that there will be a late surge in flu cases in England. As a result NHS London has extended the flu SLA further to 31st March 2014, even though flu season really stops around February.


In addition, the commissioners have also stated that pharmacists can vaccinate any pregnant women all year round and will be reimbursed.


It was the fact that NHS London/GP's were unsure as to whether pharmacists should go into care homes. Permission was supposed to be sought from local authorities but this caveat has now been removed. You can go to care & nursing homes and those that are housebound without prior permission from NHS.


Influenza Pharmacy Commissioning 2014/2015 - What we know...

The pharmacy service will be re-commissioned once again next season – for 2014/15


The service will be extended to include vaccination of children aged 2, 3 & 4 years via the Fluenz vaccine which is a nasal spray


Possible extensions to service include: Pneumococcal, Shingles and Pertussis for pregnancy.


Article published on the 29-01-2014



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