Information about seasonal influenza and pneumococcal vaccination in residential care services

During the 2011/12 influenza season the Care Inspectorate was aware of two care home services where some residents were given influenza vaccine twice. There were reports that some care home nurses were administering vaccine without the legal authority to do so or appropriate consent.

This guidance will help you make sure that:

  •  the person (or their representative) has consented to have the vaccine
  •  vaccines are supplied and administered legally
  •  vaccines are stored correctly
  •  appropriate records are kept.