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Community pharmacies administer almost 250,000 more flu vaccines

Community pharmacy teams administered at least 240,000 more flu vaccinations during this winter than last.

The total number of vaccines issued via community pharmacies under the national flu vaccination service has been at least 1.2 million in 2017–2018, compared with 950,765 in 2016–2017.

The total number for this winter is expected to rise further because some pharmacy teams did not use electronic systems to record their administration of vaccines.

The flu vaccination service for this winter ended on 31 March 2018, and final figures will be published later in 2018 by the NHS Business Services Authority.

Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee director of NHS services, Alastair Buxton, said: “The results show that more and more patients are valuing the convenience and accessibility of being able to get a flu vaccination in their local community pharmacy.”

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2018.20204647

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