Flu Season 2020/21
The Ardens Seasonal Influenza resources have all now been updated in accordance with the latest guidance from the National Flu Immunisation Programme (Public Health England) and the Green Book Chapter 19.
If a patient is eligible for a seasonal influenza vaccination, they will have a injection patient status alert icon under their name. Clicking this icon will open up the age specific page of the template and will allow you to record advice, consent and check for contraindications. It will also guide you to the correct age specific vaccination.
On the home page of the template, you will also see a view which will highlight the reason why they are eligible for the seasonal influenza vaccination, along with a view to show you their previous vaccination history.
Further information about how to record vaccinations can be found here.
All of the influenza reports can be found by going to 'Reporting > Clinical Reporting > Ardens > Vaccinations'.
1. Review before
Go to 'Reporting > Clinical Reporting > Ardens > Vaccinations > Seasonal Influenza | 1 Review before'. These reports are for looking at before your flu invites are sent out at your practice.
1.1 Adding PSDs
There are two reports for PSDs which can be found at 'Reporting > Clinical Reporting > Ardens > Vaccinations > Seasonal Influenza | 1 Review before'. These reports identify patients who have been vaccinated in previous flu seasons.
Once the report has been run, the patient's record can be opened and checked. The Doctor can then add the PSD by opening the 'Influenza Immunisation' template and clicking the pre-set next to the 'Electronic PSD' box. The appropriate PSD can then be selected and the record saved.
For clinical safety reasons these reports only include patients who have previously had the vaccination and excludes patients with an influenza allergy or contraindication read codes.
We don’t have published instructions to batch record PSDs as they are patient specific and every patient's record should be checked individually before adding the PSD. This is the only way to ensure that it is safe to administer the influenza vaccination to the patient/s and also providing clinical protection for your staff who will be administering the vaccines.
1.2 'Aged <18 + aspirin in last 6m = LAIV contraindicated so offer QIV instead'
"Because of the theoretical risk of Reye’s syndrome, children age 2 through 17 years on aspirin therapy should not be given LAIV. Instead, they should be vaccinated with the inactivated injectable influenza vaccine". Patients under the age of 18 who are on aspirin therapy are therefore contraindicated for LAIV and should be offered QIVe instead.
1.3 'Check as influenza allergy/anaphylaxis (persistent) mark in error if necessary'
Review records of patients identified to check if the record is up to date and whether the allergy or contraindication is still relevant and if not potentially end it or mark in error.
1.4 'Check if still care home patient / Check if still housebound (permanently)'
Care Home Residents and housebound patients are not included in the main invitation reports. These patients will still however have an alert icon under their name.
To make Care Home Residents appear in the correct reports, please ensure they have been coded with one of the read codes below:
- Lives in a nursing home - 13F61
- Lives in a residential home - XaImT
- Lives in care home - XaMFG
To find out how to do this, see here
To make a housebound patient appear in the correct reports, please use one of the codes on the 'Housebound' template:
- Housebound - 13CA.
- No longer housebound - XaXcd
N.B. Add these read codes at least 2 days before sending the invitations to ensure that they are included in the invite reports.
1.5 'Check if still pregnant and mark as delivery, abortive, miscarriage if indicated'
Review your list of pregnant patients to ensure that they are still eligible for invitation. Check for any delivery, abortive or miscarriage outcomes that have not been coded or identified by the report.
1.6 'Check medications in last year Hospital / Other (breakdown by issues > medication type)'
This can be quite a large list of patients but potentially patients who have been prescribed a medication that makes them eligible for a seasonal influenza vaccination. These will be medications recorded as hospital/other which we are unable to directly report on. For more info on this see here.
1.7 'Consider adding 9OX4 after 1/09/2020 if vaccination indicated as carer + not in another risk group'
If carers are not in another risk group, in previous years these are not included in the CQRS payment reports. We recommend coding them with '9OX4 Needs Influenza Immunisation' otherwise they may not be identified by the payment reports and you will miss out on potential income. For more info about coding carers see this here.
1.8 'For review before ordering and invitations | Consider adding 9OX4 after 1/09/2020 if vaccination indicated as Cerebral Palsy + not in another risk group
Certain codes have been omitted from the TPP code clusters including codes for Cerebral Palsy. These patients should be reviewed and code 9OX4 to ensure they are eligible.
1.9 'Consider adding 9OX4 after 1/09/2020 if vaccination indicated as coded in previous year + not in age or at risk group'
Patients who were coded with 9OX4 and vaccinated last year should be reviewed this year for a continued requirement for vaccination this year. If required, 9OX4 will need to be coded again this year after 1/09/2020 to ensure payment is claimed.
1.10 'Consider adding 9OX4 after 1/09/2020 if vaccination indicated as COVID-19 mod/high risk without a more recent low risk + not eligible'
There may be some patients who have been coded with moderate or high risk for COVID-19 who are not in one of the recognised risk groups. If required code 9OX4 after 1/09/2020 to ensure payment is claimed.
1.11 'For review before ordering and invitations | Consider adding 9OX4 after 1/09/2020 if vaccination indicated as Multiple Sclerosis + not in another risk group'
Certain codes have been omitted from the TPP code clusters including codes for Multiple Sclerosis. These patients should be reviewed and code 9OX4 to ensure they are eligible.
1.12 'Consider contacting as given by another other provider last year'
Contact patients who were vaccinated elsewhere last year to maximise on uptake and practice income.
1.13 'Consider recording splenic disorder if appropriate as infectious mononucleosis'
Infectious mononucleosis (glandular fever) is part of the national immunosuppression cluster as they can have splenic complications. To avoid inviting these patients inappropriately, these patients will only appear in the reports if they have a splenic disorder code recorded.
1.14 'Record mobile number as SMS consent but no mobile number recorded'
This report will identify patients who have been recorded with SMS consent but for some reason no longer have a mobile number recorded. Either contact the patient and obtain a mobile number or mark in error the SMS consent.
There are a set of reports for ordering which can be found at 'Reporting > Clinical Reporting > Ardens > Vaccinations > Influenza Vaccination | 2 Ordering'. These will give practices an indication of how many vaccines of each type should be considered for ordering.
Go to 'Reporting > Clinical Reporting > Ardens > Vaccinations > Seasonal Influenza | 3 Eligible'. Here you will find a useful breakdown of all of your eligible patients by age groups, care homes, COVID-19 risk groups and more.
Seasonal Influenza Additional Cohorts 2020/21
School Year 7
An extension to the school programme has been agreed for children of school Year 7 age in secondary schools (those aged 11 on 31 August 2020). These are included in the reports for ages 4-11.
- 11-12y on 31/8/20 + not in Clinical or Other Risk Group (should be done as part of school programme)
- 50-64y on 31/3/21 + not in Clinical or Other Risk Group
Age 50 -64
There are reports available to identify this age group but patients are not currently included within the invitations or patient status alerts on Ardens. Further guidance is expected to instruct practices if and when to start to offer vaccinations to these patients
Reports can be found under 'Clinical Reporting > Ardens > Vaccinations > Seasonal Influenza | 3 Eligible'.
Household of shielding patients
Patients who live with shielding patients should be offered the seasonal influenza vaccination but it is not possible to report on these patients. In these instances, please ensure you add the 'Needs influenza vaccination 90X4' code to ensure payment.
Go to 'Reporting > Clinical Reporting > Ardens > Vaccinations > Seasonal Influenza | 4 Invitations | All / Groups / Other'
Here you will see reports for 1st, 2nd and 3rd invitations which identify patients who are eligible by age and vaccine type. Care/nursing home patients are excluded from the invitation reports. Please see this article about coding residential institutes.
You can send invites by either SMS, email or post and they have been ordered so they can be:
- Sent by SMS - If have SMS consent
- Sent by email - If they have email consent but no SMS consent
- Sent by post - If they have no SMS and no email consent
When you send out your 1st/2nd Invitations and apply one of the codes in the report name the patients will be moved on to the next invitation but won't be visible in the next report until 2 weeks after the previous invitation code was applied. This means that you cant send out the 2nd and 3rd invitations to soon and will be a minimum of 2 weeks apart.
N.B. The reports are set-up so that the preference is always to send the invite by SMS if possible. And when you send out your 1st Invitation and code with one of the codes in the report name the patients will be moved on to the 2nd invitation but wont be visible in the reports until 2 weeks after the 1st Invitation code was applied.
We understand that every practice runs flu clinics very differently and require very personalised letters. As in previous years, we have therefore not created an invitation letter for Influenza Vaccinations. Practices can create local versions of letters and use these from the reports. There are pneumococcal and shingles reports too, but rather than sending separate invites, you may wish to just say something on your Flu invites like ‘If you are eligible for the pneumococcal / shingles vaccine, we’ll offer this at the same time’.
Barcode NHS numbers
It is possible to add a barcode NHS number merge field to letters in SystmOne. The merge field can be found under 'Patient Demographics'.
There are a number of options when you add this merge field, each option is for different character sets. You can use any of the '128.' options.
5. Review after
Go to 'Reporting > Clinical Reporting > Ardens > Vaccinations > Seasonal Influenza | 5 Reviews after'
5.1 'Consider backdating 'Needs influenza immunisation 9OX4' as vaccination given 1/9/20 -31/3/21 but not in at risk group'
These patients may have been requested to be vaccinated by a clinician but not normally eligible so by reviewing and recording 9OX4 ensures that payments can be claimed and these patients will be flagged next year.
5.2 'Consider reason why patient went elsewhere as influenza vaccination given elsewhere 1/9/20-31/3/21 (event details)' & 'Consider reason why patient went elsewhere as influenza vaccination given elsewhere 1/9/20-31/3/21 (read code)'
Review these patients and consider reasons why they went elsewhere. If the trend continues it could have a big impact on practice income.
5.3 'Consider recording as no response to invitation 'XaQxM' as 2nd invite sent >2w ago & Consider recording as no response to invitation 'XaQxM' as 3rd invite sent >2w ago'
For QOF it is only a requirement to invite on two occasions but still good practice to send a third invite. These patients should be reviewed and recorded as a refusal / informed dissent.
5.4 'Consider recording one vaccination in error as duplicate vaccination recorded'
Each year you will find a number of patients who are recorded as having received multiple vaccinations. These should be reviewed and, unless the patient qualifies for more than one vaccination, multiple vaccinations should be marked in error.
5.5 'Consider recording vaccination contents given as influenza vaccination given 1/9/20 -31/3/21 but recorded as read code'
Occasionally vaccinations are not recorded correctly as a vaccination but instead only as a read code. Staff should be encouraged to record vaccinations correctly in the vaccination node. Review records of patients identified and add a backdated entry as a vaccination and to avoid any possible confusion with duplication mark in error the read coded entry.
5.6 Non QOF codes
Consider recording vaccination contents given as non-QOF code used 1/9/20-31/3/21
Consider recording vaccination declined 'XaZ0i' as non-QOF code used 1/9/20-31/3/21
Consider recording vaccination declined 'XaZ0i' as not recognised by ImmsForm 1/9/20-31/3/21
Review records and correct coding to ensure patients are removed from reports and don't affect payments.
Go to 'Reporting > Clinical Reporting > Ardens > Vaccinations > Seasonal Influenza | 6 Activity'
These reports will display all of your activity over the flu season. Further activity reports will also be available under Clinical Reporting > Ardens > Contracts | Current Financial Year | CQRS for payment purposes.