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Seasonal influenza DES specification – updated


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Seasonal influenza DES specification – updated

The Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunisation Directed Enhanced Service specification has been amended and republished to provide for additional new cohorts of patients to be vaccinated in general practice.

The new cohorts include household contacts of those on the NHS shielded patient list or of immunocompromised individuals, and health and social care workers employed through direct payment and/or personal health budgets to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users. It also covers a potential cohort of 50-64 year olds later in the flu season, depending on vaccine availability. In addition, the specification requires that practices must include within at least one written communication to eligible patients offering vaccination, a request that the patient advises the practice of their ethnicity status if they have not previously provided this information to the practice and requires the practice to record this in the patient record. More....