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Rapid response to:

Letters Delay in flu vaccine supplies

Pharmacies giving flu jabs further disintegrates general practice

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 31 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6269

Rapid Response:

Re: Pharmacies giving flu jabs further disintegrates general practice

I am commenting on the letter from Dr Clayton, GP, and response from Dr Friend, Pharmacist.

Could the two kindly confirm that they both ascertain the suitability of the flu vaccine they offer, for the flu strain that the patient is likely to encounter? I ask because, within recent memory , the Dept of Health distributed and promoted the use of vaccine unsuitable for the purpose. Please see Dr Peter M English, BMJ rapid responses, 2 Nov 2018.

Secondly, could please both confirm that they give the patient information leaflet to each patient able to read and understand, allow them time to read and understand, and to ask questions, before inserting the vaccine in to their bodies? Full, free, informed consent.

Thirdly, do they both invite each patient to report adverse reactions?

Fourthly, do they report the adverse reactions to the Medicines Agency?

Thank you

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 November 2019
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough, England