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News: Flu vaccine team’s top tips get national backing

Handy hints drawn up by the Oxford AHSN Children’s Network featured in national workshops to help GP practices increase uptake of the flu vaccine this winter.

Children’s Clinical Network nurses Liz Davis and Julie Wild worked with the surgeries which had the highest vaccination rates to find out how they did it.

They turned this feedback into top tips which have been shared with all practices in the Oxford AHSN region ahead of this year’s children’s flu vaccination campaign.

The Oxford AHSN handy hints were highlighted at a series of workshops across the country in September 2015 which were organised by the national childhood flu immunisation taskforce for GPs, nurses and other practice staff.

Julie Wild helped facilitate at one of these events. She said: “The feedback was very positive. Delegates said there were many points they would take with them in their preparations for this season’s flu clinics.

“We’re hopeful that our top tips will help to ensure that more children get the vaccine this winter – both within our region and across the country.”

The Oxford AHSN best practice tips have now been included in best practice guidance for GP practices in England published by Public Health England and included on the UK Government website here in June 2016.

In addition, following observational visits with immunisation teams in primary schools in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, Julie collated tips for primary school teams which were shared across the region. Both the general practice and primary school tips have been put forward for consideration for NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidance by the national Childhood Flu Immunisation Taskforce team.

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