Pharmacy flu vaccination services boost overall take up by patients in at-risk groups

A new study in the International Journal of clinical Pharmacy, featuring data collected from 55 Boots community pharmacies in England between October 2014 and March 2015 has found that 36.7& of NHS-eligible patients who paid privately were either carers, healthcare professionals or social workers.

The study analysed completed surveys from 1741 patients who had opted to receive the flu vaccine from a Boots pharmacy. The report’s authors conclude:

‘Pharmacy flu vaccination services complement those provided by GPs to help improve overall coverage and vaccination rates for patients in at-risk groups. These services are highly accessed by patients from all socio-demographic areas, and seem to be particularly attractive to carers, front line healthcare workers, and those of working age’.

To read the report in full, please click here.