Influenza: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Chair, Petitions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that GPs contact patients who are entitled to a free flu vaccination invite those patients to be vaccinated.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The general practitioner (GP) Contract and the ‘Directed Enhanced Service Specification; Seasonal influenza and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination programme 2018/19’ describes the service that GPs should offer. GPs are expected to proactively call eligible patients for vaccination and also to recall them if they are defined as at risk due to an underlying medical condition.

During each season, NHS England teams take all opportunities in their communication with practices to reinforce this requirement, and Public Health England have made available resources to encourage GPs to promote flu vaccination.

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