I've checked the Flu vaccination numbers and we're well up on last year.
Well done to all those pharmacists who trained up; and offered this service to the vulnerable patients of Gateshead & South Tyneside - helping our GP colleagues (through access and choice) to reach the targets set by the DOH.
Giving flu vaccinations from pharmacy really is a worthwhile public health service; and it's good news on so many other fronts.
Firstly, it shows that the public really do value this clinical service from pharmacies - they're voting with their feet; and the post immunisatrion evaluation forms show this also!
Secondly, this helps to change the mindset of the public to expect clinical services from Pharmacies - reminding patients that we do more than count tablets!
Thirdly, the fact that pharmacies are covered in flu information helps to raise the public awareness of why a flu vaccine is important.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly for contractors, is the fact that commissioners - having seen how well we are vaccinating for flu - may consider using pharmacy for shingles, pneumonia, hepatitis B and pertussis vaccinations.
Now that really would be a shot in the arm for community pharmacy!