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NPA clarifies pharmacy stance on children’s flu vaccinations

7th January 2011

The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has moved to clarify the pharmacy sector's stance on administering flu vaccinations for children, following queries from the public and media.

A statement from the organisation has highlighted the fact that younger patients are generally not eligible for pharmacy-administered influenza jabs, due to the fact that pharmacists do not have the specialised expertise necessary to treat children.

"Whilst pharmacies are naturally reluctant to turn people away, they can only offer the service where the pharmacist has received appropriate training," the association said.

The NPA pointed out that flu vaccinations from high street pharmacies are still available to many patients who are ineligible for the free NHS treatment.

It also called for the public to be aware of the symptoms of the disease and to ensure that proper hand hygiene standards are observed to prevent its spread.

This week, industry body Pharmacy Voice, of which the NPA is a member, called for health professionals to work together to make sure that patient groups at risk of flu are provided with vaccines.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800329975-ADNFCR

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