The following support article gives instructions on how to import and set batch numbers for the Ardens Seasonal Immunisation Tools 2020-21.


How to Import the Ardens Seasonal Immunisation Tools 

Please note that these protocols will be installed with your next routine update but if you wish to access them sooner, you can do so from our Ardens Portal.


1. Launch Template Manager by going to the EMIS ‘orb’ in the top-left and selecting Configuration > Template Manager.


2. Choose where to import the protocols by selecting one of your folders in Template Manager. We suggest creating a new subfolder called ‘Seasonal Vaccinations 2020’ under ‘Ardens’. 


3. Click Import in the top menu: 

4. Navigate in the file browser to where you have downloaded the two protocols, select the first and click Open


5. The protocol should be imported; repeat steps 3 and 4 with the other protocol. 


6. The two protocols should be visible in Template Manager as follows:



Setting your Batch Numbers and Expiry Dates on the Flu and Pneumococcal Protocols

Please note: this phase is a little fiddly but only needs to be done once. We recommend it is done by an experienced user of EMIS Web. 


In order to use the protocols entitled ‘Seasonal Flu 2020’ and ‘Pneumococcal 2020’ to record the administration of vaccines, you will need to add your batch numbers and expiry dates to the protocols. This is done as follows:


1. First, right-click the ‘Seasonal Flu 2020’ protocol and select Protocol > Edit

2. The protocol should open in edit mode and you will see it laid out like a flowchart. Use the scroll bars to look down the protocol until you find the section with the multiple choice picking list for the LAIV, as below (it is near the bottom): 


Steps 3-7 below will be repeated for each vaccine type:


3. Double-click the box on the left entitled ‘Multiple Choice Question’ (circled above). It should open, and you should be able to replace the ‘X’ in the four options with your own batch numbers and expiry dates for the LAIV (circled below). When you’re finished, click OK


4. Next, you’ll need to trace the first output arrow from the multiple choice box to its corresponding ‘Add coded data’ box. To do this, click on the line adjacent to the first arrow where it exits the multiple choice box and it should highlight the arrow and show you which of the ‘Add coded data’ boxes it leads to, shown by red arrow below: 


5. Double-click the ‘Add coded data’ box and it should open as follows: 


6. Fill in the Manufacturer, Expiry date, Batch number and other details as required, and then click OK


7. Repeat steps 3-6 for the other 3 options in the multiple choice box. 


8. You will then need to scroll down to the next multiple choice box, this one for the aTIV vaccine (trivalent). Follow steps 3-7 (in the grey box above) for this vaccine and its associated batch numbers, expiry dates, and left/right arm. Don’t forget to complete BN and expiry date in both the multiple choice list AND the relevant ‘Add coded data’ boxes. 


9. Finally, you will need to scroll down to the last multiple choice box, this one for the QIV vaccine (quadrivalent). Follow steps 3-7 (in the grey box above) for this vaccine and its associated batch numbers, expiry dates, and left/right arm. Don’t forget to complete BN and expiry date in both the multiple choice list AND the relevant ‘Add coded data’ boxes. 


10. Click the Save and Close button in the top-left: 

11. Next, right-click the ‘Pneumococcal 2020’ protocol and select Protocol > Edit


12. The protocol should open in edit mode and you will see it laid out like a flowchart. In the top-left, you should see the section with the multiple choice picking list for the Pneumococcal vaccine, as below: 


13. Fill in the batch numbers and expiry dates as you did in steps 3-7 (in the grey box above), ensuring you complete BN and expiry date in both the multiple choice list AND the relevant ‘Add coded data’ boxes 1


14. Once you’re finished, press Save and Close as you did for the flu protocol in step 10. 


Please see how to add the Seasonal Immunisations protocol to the F12 protocol launcher.


Activating the Flu and Pneumococcal Protocol in the EMIS Library 

We recommend you activate the EMIS protocols as this will assist clinicians in deciding which patients are eligible to receive a vaccine by placing an alert in the pink “alert box”. 


Navigate to Configuration > Template Manager > EMIS Library. Then open the Influenza folder as below (inside EMIS Protocols). 



Activate all three of the alerts you can see on the right-hand side of the above image (right-click on each alert to activate it). If they are displayed in bold then they are already activated and no further action is required. 


Next step - Learn how to use the Ardens Immunisation 2020 tools.


If you require any further assistance on the process above, please contact Ardens support on: suport-emis@ardens.org.uk