Silverwood Pharmacy

Seasonal Flu Vaccination Service

Silverwood Flu Vaccinations

Each year from September through to January the NHS runs a seasonal flu vaccination campaign aiming to vaccinate all patients who are at risk of developing more serious complications from the virus.  These include people aged 65 years and over, pregnant women and those with certain health conditions.

In recent years many pharmacies have also been commissioned to provide NHS flu vaccination services. These services sit alongside the nationally commissioned GP vaccination service, giving patients another choice of venue for their vaccination and helping commissioners to meet their local NHS vaccination targets.

We are pleased to say that there is a high level of patient satisfaction and evidence that pharmacy vaccination is accessible, often capturing ‘hard to reach’ patients who would not otherwise take up the offer of vaccination. At Silverwood Pharmacy, we offer this NHS funded service to a range of eligible patients from mid-September till the end of February every year.

The biggest advantage we offer is the fact that patients can walk in anytime during the pharmacy opening hours and get their vaccination without the need for an appointment. Once the vaccination has been administered the patient’s GP practice is notified within 24 hours so that their medical records can be updated. If you are interested in getting vaccinated, please telephone or visit the pharmacy Monday through to Saturday.

Immunisation is one of the most successful and cost-effective health protection interventions and is a cornerstone of public health. High immunisation rates are key to preventing the spread of infectious disease, complications and possible early death among individuals and protecting the population’s health through both individual and herd immunity.

For most healthy people, influenza is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease. However, children, older people, pregnant women and those with underlying disease are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch it. The aim of the seasonal influenza vaccination programme is to protect those who are most at risk of serious illness or death should they develop influenza, by offering protection against the most prevalent strains of influenza virus.

The Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service (Flu Vaccination Service) will support NHS England, on behalf of Public Health England in providing an effective vaccination programme in England and it aims:

1) To sustain and maximise uptake of flu vaccine in at risk groups by building the capacity of community pharmacies as an alternative to general practice;
2) To provide more opportunities and improve convenience for eligible patients to access flu vaccinations; and
3) To reduce variation and provide consistent levels of population coverage of community pharmacy flu vaccination across England by providing a national framework.

NHS Funded Eligibility Criteria

The full list of eligibility criteria for NHS funded Flu Vaccinations is as follows:

  • people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2018)
  • adults aged from 18 years to less than 65 years of age in a clinical risk group such as:
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitischronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
    • chronic liver disease
    • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability
    • diabetes
    • asplenia or splenic dysfunction
    • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
    • morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
    • pregnant women aged 18 years and over (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
  • adults aged 18 years and over living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions or university halls of residence
  • adults aged 18 years and over who are in receipt of 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
  • adult household contacts (aged 18 years and over) of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable

The service is also available from Silverwood Pharmacy on a private basis to non-eligible patients who are willing to pay for the vaccination. The cost of the vaccination is £10. Currently, the service only covers patients who are 18 years and over. Vaccinations for children are usually provided via the school system.

If you are interested in getting vaccinated, please telephone or visit the pharmacy Monday through to Saturday.

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Silverwood Pharmacy

01709 296500
Silverwood Pharmacy
90 Flanderwell Lane, Sunnyside, Rotherham, S66 3QT,
United Kingdom

Superintendent Pharmacist: Mustafa Bhaiji
Pharmacist GPhC Reg: 2051032
GPhC Premesis Reg: 9010586
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Silverwood Pharmacy
90 Flanderwell Lane, Sunnyside, Rotherham, S66 3QT
Superintendent Pharmacist: Mustafa Bhaiji