Updated PGDs: Influenza (seasonal flu) vaccines and Shingles (Herpes Zoster) vaccine

The following Patient Group Directions have been updated:

The new PGDs have been jointly developed and authorised by North of England Commissioning Support (NECS) and NHS England (Cumbria and North East) for use by practices and NHS services within the Durham, Darlington, Tees, Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear areas.  The new PGDs reflect the most up to date recommendations and have been produced to support the national immunisation programme and replace all previous versions.

Please ensure the PGDs are read, agreed and signed by all nurses they apply to.

For each practice nurse PGDs should be authorised by the clinical lead on behalf of the practice.  Once completed, a copy of the management and monitoring form should be given to each nurse, with the original practice copy being kept on file by the practice (in your Clinical Governance Handbook).  Replaced PGDs should be filed and kept as a record of practice.

Current PGDs can be found on the NECS Medicines Optimisation website.

Supporting information:

The national flu immunisation programme 2016/17 letter

Who’s eligible for the shingles vaccine in 2016/17 and beyond?

Shingles (herpes zoster): the green book, chapter 28a

Influenza vaccines for the 2016/17 influenza (Vaccine update: Issue 248, June 2016)