As you are aware uptake of the flu vaccine in 2 and 3 year olds is low this year. The UKHSA issued a press release on the 16th December 2023 regarding the latest evidence indicating that the children’s nasal flu vaccine may help reduce cases of Group A Strep.
see full information, dates and booking links below
Influenza & Covid Update
The Immunisation and Vaccination Update provides an annual update of current practice in relation to the immunisation schedules in primary care using PHE information.
This course is not suitable as a foundation training and is only an update and does not cover anaphylaxis or basic life support. This must be completed separately.
This course is for Clinical Experienced Vaccinators, those who have already been vaccinating and does not include non-clinical Covid only Vaccinators.
9:30 – 12:30
- 25th Jan
- 22nd June
- 13th July
- 3rd August
- 7th Sept
- 12th Oct
Influenza (only) Update
The Immunisation and Vaccination Foundation (full day) is a blended learning programme.
This is for Nurses new to providing Immunisation and Vaccinations
This course does not cover anaphylaxis or basic life support. This must be completed separately.
In line with the Public Health England (2018) Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training for Registered Healthcare Practitioners we have developed a blended approach of both an e learning and a face to face taught course which previously consisted of two full taught days. Those new to immunisation are required to receive comprehensive foundation immunisation training. It is advised you dedicate one full day to complete the below eLearning modules and the second full day is the training on teams.
- 25th July (13:30-15:30)
- 17th Aug (10:00-12:00)
- 19th Sept 14:00 – 16:00
- 28th Nov (12:00 – 14:00)
Influenza, Pneumonia & B12 Update
Update training for immunisation and vaccinations covering Influenza, Pneumonia and B12 designed to provide health care professionals with an annual update in line with the national minimum standards and core curriculum for immunisations.
- 5th July (10:00 – 12:00)
- 10th Aug (12:00 – 14:00)
- 14th Sept (9:30 – 11:30)
- 2nd Nov (10:00 – 12:00)
Please find useful updates, information and resources below.
The Enhanced Service Specification for Seasonal influenza vaccination programme 2021/22 has now been published. The BMA GPC have been able to secure agreement with NHSE/I to the inclusion of all frontline practice staff in the Enhanced Service. All practice staff with patient contact, including both medical and administrative staff, will now be eligible to receive a flu vaccination from their employing practice or the practice at which they are registered as a patient, and practices will receive an item of service fee for their provision. However, we would advise for practice staff to go to their own GP Practice to have their vaccination as patients should not be registered as INT (Immediately Necessary Treatment) due to contractual regulations. We are still querying this nationally. As in previous years, locum GPs will also continue to be eligible for a free vaccination. The provision of flu vaccination to all target groups will, therefore, be covered under CNSGP. NHSE/I has also published guidance on the process for recording flu vaccinations administered to patients not registered with a practice.
As part of our aim to reduce premature mortality amongst people with a learning disability, we ask colleagues to review the innovative approaches used during COVID-19 vaccination roll out and consider similar approaches for flu vaccination. This includes using the many more vaccinators available to the system, their knowledge and skills about people with a learning disability and their need for reasonable adjustments, to ensure successful vaccination.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has secured additional flu vaccine to support delivery of this year’s seasonal flu vaccination programme. This is a temporary measure to support reaching the uptake ambitions for this year’s expanded flu programme, with additional supply being deployed to areas where it is most needed to maximise uptake and top up local supplies where they run low.
Providers and local commissioners should ensure stock is prioritised to where it is needed most, in eligible cohorts where uptake is lower. DHSC has published guidance for General Practices and Community Pharmacies on how to access the stock and what vaccines are available.
How To Find eLFH Modules
- Log into ELFH using the link: HEE elfh Hub (e-lfh.org.uk)
- Click ‘My elearning’ on the toolbar at the top of the page
- Click ‘Full catalogue’ at the top right of the page
- Scroll down on the left-hand side and find ‘Influenza Vaccination’
- Once completed, there will be a certificate icon on the right-hand side which will appear gold when you have completed that module. Click the icon, this will download your certificate