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Childhood seasonal Influenza vaccination programme (two and three year olds)

Find out about the childhood seasonal Influenza vaccination programme, including an overview of the service, how it is commissioned and provided, and how to get paid for providing the service.

In 2012, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended the seasonal influenza programme be extended to all children aged 2 to under 17. The roll-out of this extended programme is being phased in over a period of time, to ensure a manageable and successful implementation process.

This enhanced service, delivered by GP practices, offers vaccination to all children aged two and three years. GP practices should offer vaccination, using the recommended vaccine, to all children aged two and three, but not children aged four years on 31 August 2019.

Four year olds have been removed from the enhanced service and transferred to schools programme.


This enhanced service aims to support commissioners in delivering the seasonal influenza vaccination with GP practices to lower the impact of influenza on children and lower influenza transmission to other children, adults and those in clinical risk groups of any age.


Information about this service

Quality service start date: 1 September 2020

Quality service end date: 31 March 2021

Payment period: Monthly

Collection frequency: Monthly 

Manual or automatic entry: Automatic

Included in data collection: All system suppliers (TPP, INPS, Microtest and Emis)

Co-commissioning: No

Classification: Vaccination and Immunisation programme

GP practices will receive an item of service (IoS) payment of £10.06 per dose in respect of each registered patient who attains the age of two or three (but not aged less than two or aged four or over, on 31 August 2020) and who is vaccinated using the recommended vaccine during the seven month period from 1 September 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Service user guides

Our service guides describe how to participate, manually enter and declare achievement for this service. Activity and achievement should be recorded on a monthly basis.

Payment count/clinical codes

Commissioners and practice should refer to our supporting business rules for information on management information counts and clinical codes.

Further information to support users can be found on the SNOMED CT Implementation in Primary Care site, including lookup tables providing appropriate Read v2 and CTV3 codes for SNOMED CT concept IDs.

Last edited: 11 April 2020 7:52 am