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Seasonal influenza vaccination programme


The seasonal flu programme is a long established vaccination programme that's proven to save lives and deliver a cost-effective prevention programme, along with reducing pressures on NHS services during the winter. 

The annual immunisation programme is a critical element of the system-wide approach for delivering robust and resilient services throughout the year.

Purpose and outline

The aim of the seasonal influenza and pneumococcal polysaccharide immunisation ES is to protect those most at risk by offering protection against the most prevalent strains of influenza virus, and against 23 serotypes of S. pneumoniae.

Where a practice agrees to participate in this ES, they are expected to deliver vaccinations to eligible patients for both the seasonal influenza and pneumococcal vaccination programmes. The arrangements to deliver this ES supersede any previous local agreements.

How this service is commissioned and provided

NHS England Regional Local Offices commission this service from GP practices.

NHS England service specifications

NHS Employers Vaccination and Immunisation requirements


Information about this service 

Quality service start date: 1 September 2020

Quality service end date: 31 March 2021

Payment period: Monthly - first payment expected to be made in October

Collection frequency: Monthly

Manual or automatic entry: Automatic data collection

Included in data collection: All GP system suppliers

Co-commissioning: No

Classification: Vaccination and immunisation programme

Service user guides

The Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS) user guides describe how to participate, manually enter and declare achievement for this service. Activity and achievement should be recorded monthly.

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 Codes to support Technical Requirements 18-19 - a document providing appropriate Read v2 and CTV3 codes for SNOMED CT concept IDs.

Last edited: 11 April 2020 7:51 am