Brits embrace pharmacy flu jabs


Community pharmacists in the UK have administered at least 221,000 more flu vaccinations in 2016/17 than previous year

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia recently found that 93% of Australian adults see the benefit in flu vaccination via community pharmacy, and more than six million would be more likely to have the jab if it could be administered in their local pharmacy.

The international experience demonstrates similar enthusiasm, with the UK’s Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee announcing that community pharmacies administered more than 817,000 vaccinations under the national Flu Vaccination Service in 2016-17.

This was up from 595,467 in the 2015-16 flu year.

“This is a fantastic result for community pharmacy teams and it shows how hard they have worked up and down the country to raise awareness of and provide the Flu Vaccination Service,” says PSNC’s director of NHS Services Alastair Buxton.

“It also shows that more and more patients are valuing the convenience and accessibility of being able to have a flu vaccination administered in a community pharmacy.”

Meanwhile in the United States, a pharmacy group is advocating for vaccination services to be taken further, in an attempt to boost HPV vaccine rates.

Pharmacy Times reports that the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group has joined the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in issuing recommendations for HPV vaccination.

PPAG is urging all pharmacists to become advocates for the vaccine in a position paper published in the Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

The US has low HPV vaccination rates compared with Australia: 38% of females and 14% of males were vaccinated in 2013. In Australia statistics released in March 2017 showed that 74% of girls aged 15 were fully vaccinated in 2014-15, and 67% of boys.

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