Flu is one of the top three causes of sickness absence in the UK and last year cost the UK economy £1.6billion. As your local independent community pharmacy, we are dedicated to providing an excellent healthcare service to our community, which of course includes your employees.
This winter’s flu vaccination includes protection against the H1N1 (swine flu) virus and although you may have been protected against this with last year’s vaccination the Department of Health (DoH) are recommending people get vaccinated again to help stay protected this winter.
- Our service is suitable for people aged 12 years and over and is subject to eligibility through a consultation with a pharmacist.
- The vaccination can be given at the same time as the conjugated ACWY meningitis vaccination.
Work Place Vaccination Program
As an employer ourselves, we are conscious of the financial implications of staff sickness and the impact that this has on a business. We would therefore like to offer your organisation a flu vaccination service to help reduce the instances of flu related absences.
Individuals can book in an appointment for a private flu any of our premises at a time convenient to you or your staff.
We would be prepared to deliver the service in the convenience of your own workplace, if within 2 miles of our pharmacy branches, at a mutual agreed time based on a minimum of 20 vaccinations.
The initial cost would be £20 for each employee, however we would be able to review this cost reflective of employee uptake levels.
We hope that you will see the benefits that this vaccination programme would give, not only to your employees, but also to your business.
If you would like more information, then do not hesitate to contact us and we can discuss further.
FREE NHS FLU VACCINATION AND/OR PNEUMONIA VACCINATION
Who is entitled to a flu vaccination on the NHS?
You can find out if your are eligible for a free flu jab and book an appointment online be visiting
You may be entitled to a free NHS flu vaccination from your GP or the pharmacist at one of our branches.
The free NHS flu vaccine is given to people who:
- are 50 and over (including those who’ll be 50 by 31 March 2021)
- have certain health conditions
- are pregnant
- are in long-stay residential care
- receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- live with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- frontline health or social care workers
People aged 50 and over
From 1 December, the NHS flu vaccination is available for everyone aged 50 and over. You can get vaccinated at your GP surgery or a pharmacy offering a flu vaccine service.
Flu vaccine for people with long-term health conditions
The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:
- respiratory conditions, such as asthma (needing steroid inhaler or tablets), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and bronchitis
- heart conditions, such as coronary heart disease or heart failure
- being very overweight – a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above
- chronic kidney disease
- liver disease, such as hepatitis
- neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
- a learning disability
- problems with your spleen, for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or taking medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
Flu vaccine for people who are pregnant
You should have the flu vaccine if you’re pregnant to help protect you and your baby.
It’s safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.
Flu vaccine for frontline health and social care workers
If you’re a frontline health and social care worker, your employer should offer you a flu vaccine. They may give the vaccine at your workplace.
You may be able to have the flu vaccine at a GP surgery or a pharmacy, if you’re a health or social care worker employed by a:
- registered residential care or nursing home
- registered homecare organisation
You can also have the flu vaccine if you provide health or social care through direct payments or personal health budgets, or both.
Who is entitled to a pneumonia vaccination on the NHS?
This one-off vaccination is very effective at protecting you against serious forms of pneumococcal infection.
You may be entitled to a free NHS pneumonia vaccination from your GP or the pharmacist at one of our branches. if you are aged 65 or over, or if you have any of the following conditions for children and adults aged from 2 to 64 years old who are at a higher risk of developing a pneumococcal infection than the general population.[Children up to five years old may also need the PCV (because the PPV injection doesn’t always work in young children)]
- had your spleen removed, your spleen does not work properly or if you are at risk of your spleen not working properly in future (for example if you have coeliac disease)
- have a long-term respiratory disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- have heart disease, such as congenital heart disease
- have chronic kidney disease
- have chronic liver disease, such as liver cirrhosis
- have diabetes
- have a suppressed immune system caused by a health condition such as HIV
- have a suppressed immune system caused by medication such as chemotherapy or steroid tablets
- have a cochlear implant (a small hearing device fitted inside your ear)
- had cerebrospinal fluid (the clear fluid that surrounds the brain and spine) leaking from its usual position – this could be due to an accident or surgery
Adults and children over the age of five who are severely immunocompromised (including anyone with leukaemia; multiple myeloma; genetic disorders affecting the immune system or after a bone marrow transplant) usually have a single dose of PCV followed by PPV