Influenza: Vaccination

Health written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Conservative, Reigate

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which providers are involved in the pilot programmes to extend the seasonal influenza vaccination to school-age children; how each provider is remunerated; in which area each operates; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The extension of the seasonal flu vaccine programme to school-age children is in its second year of pilots. The pilots have been set up to gather learning to inform the national rollout in 2015-16 to children of primary school age, aged four to six. The national health service England area teams with pilot sites and their method for delivering the programme being tested is included in the following table:

Pilot Area Team Model being tested
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear Cumbria: non-school based – pharmacies Northumberland, Tyne and Wear: school-based
Greater Manchester A mix: existing providers in some localities and a private provider in one
Lancashire School based
North Yorkshire and Humber School based through existing providers
South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw School based through existing providers
West Yorkshire School based through existing providers
Arden, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Modified Enhanced Service via general practice and pharmacies
Birmingham, Solihull and The Black Country School based through existing providers
East Anglia Mainly school based
Essex All school based but using a mix of school nursing teams and specialist immunisation teams.
Leicestershire and Lincolnshire School based through existing providers
Shropshire and Staffordshire School based through existing providers in 2 London boroughs and covering all Special Schools
London School based, year 7s only in Havering; looking at covering all Special Schools

The commissioning of the school-age flu programme is the responsibility of NHS England’s area teams and information on providers and contractual information is not held centrally but determined locally.

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