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Letters Flu vaccine

Flu vaccination by pharmacists leads to suboptimal medical records

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 09 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5084
  1. Simon de Lusignan, professor of primary care and clinical informatics and medical director, RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre1,
  2. Matthew Hoghton, medical director2,
  3. Imran Rafi, chair2
  1. 1University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7HX, UK
  2. 2Clinical Innovation and Research Centre, Royal College of General Practitioners, London NW1 2FB, UK
  1. s.lusignan{at}

We don’t condone unfair pressure on patients to have their flu vaccine at their general practitioner’s surgery,1 but pharmacist vaccination leads to problems with data integrity.

The communication from pharmacist to general practitioner is suboptimal. It is often on paper and states only that the vaccination has occurred, without the vaccine manufacturer or batch number. In contrast to many other communications, it does not include a …

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