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Influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations DES (UK-wide)

A summary of what is involved in the flu and pneumococcal vaccination DES.


Influenza vaccination: to protect patient groups who are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu.

Pneumococcal immunisation: for all patients aged 65 years and over.

Eligible patient groups for influenza:

  • People aged 65 or over.
  • People with a serious medical condition (for example, chronic respiratory or cardiac disease) or those who are immuno-suppressed.
  • People in long-stay residential care homes/ long stay care facilities.
  • Immunisation of pregnant women and people receiving a carer’s allowance or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill are not covered by the national DES and will be subject to local agreement.

The information above is taken from DES guidance for England.


: £7.85 per vaccination.

Scotland: £8.85 per influenza vaccination if more than 50% of age 65 or over covered; £7.17 per vaccination if up to 10% per cent covered; sliding scale £7.17 to £8.85 per vaccination if 10% to 50% covered. £7.64 per pneumococcal vaccination.

Wales: £7.85 per vaccination

Northern Ireland: £9.26 per vaccination including data collection fee

What it involves

  • The practice has a register that can identify all patients in the under 65 at risk groups, those aged 65 years and over, and pregnant women.
  • The practice will update the patient registers and give particular attention to the inclusion of women who become pregnant during the flu season.
  • Making sure that systems are in place to ensure the practice receives and  records details of anyone who receives the vaccine outside the practice.
  • The practice will/has ordered sufficient flu vaccine to achieve the 2012/13 uptake levels (vaccinating at least 75% of those at greatest risk before the flu virus starts circulating).
  • Writing to each patient who is recommended to receive the vaccine inviting them to a vaccination clinic or to make an appointment.
  • Writing, phoning or texting patients who fail to attend scheduled clinics or appointments.

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