Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.There are many different causes of meningitis, but the two most common organisms are viruses and bacteria. Meningococcal bacteria, the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK, can be divided into several groups. The groups that most commonly cause the disease are A, B, C, W and Y. Visit NHS.UK for more information.
Everyone is at risk, but certain groups are more susceptible and may be offered a vaccination as part of the NHS immunisation programme. But some individuals may also need access to a private service - at a time when it's increasingly difficult to obtain an appointment with a GP, community pharmacy is ideally placed to improve accessibility to this service.
Who may be suitable for the meningitis vaccination service?
|Men ACWY||Men B|
Working in partnership with Pharmadoctor, members have access to a FREE eTool with integrated PGD to support delivery of a Meningitis Vaccination Service click on the below :
Numark have developed a range of resources to help you market and deliver a successful service, including :
Patient Access For Professionals
Findings from Patient Access highlighted the meningitis vaccination service as a service that was frequently searched for by patients, however with very few being able to locate a pharmacy to book an appointment. This is where your pharmacy may be able to offer an easily accessible weight loss service to customers.
Providing one vaccination per week for both Men B and Men ACWY can generate approximately £2,000 profit per year as extra service income. Refer to the profitability calculator .
Using an online booking platform such as Patient Access has been shown to increase footfall of customers booking private services, helping you to increase your services profitability.
Pharmacist Accreditation* Process
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