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Influenza: Vaccination

Question for Department of Health

UIN 207554, tabled on 1 September 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which providers are involved in the pilot programmes to extend the seasonal influenza vaccination to school-age children; how each provider is remunerated; in which area each operates; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

8 September 2014

The extension of the seasonal flu vaccine programme to school-age children is in its second year of pilots. The pilots have been set up to gather learning to inform the national rollout in 2015-16 to children of primary school age, aged 4-6. The National Health Service England Area Teams with pilot sites and their method for delivering the programme being tested is included in the following table:

Pilot Area Team

Model being tested

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear

Cumbria: non-school based – pharmacies
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear:

Greater Manchester

A mix: existing providers in some localities
and a private provider in one


School based

North Yorkshire and Humber

School based through existing providers

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw

School based through existing providers

West Yorkshire

School based through existing providers

Arden, Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Modified Enhanced Service via general
practice and pharmacies

Birmingham, Solihull and The Black Country

School based through existing providers

East Anglia

Mainly school based


All school based but using a mix of school
nursing teams and specialist immunisation

Leicestershire and Lincolnshire

School based through existing providers

Shropshire and Staffordshire

School based through existing providers in
2 London boroughs and covering all
Special Schools


School based, year 7s only in Havering;
looking at covering all Special Schools

The commissioning of the school-age flu programme is the responsibility of NHS England’s Area Teams and information on providers and contractual information is not held centrally but determined locally.

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Department of Health and Social Care