Along with managing medication therapy and educating patients on healthy lifestyle practices, certified pharmacists can also administer critical immunizations, ensuring that any treatment received will not interfere with other therapies.
The majority of American adults are inadequately vaccinated, leading to an average of 90,000 deaths each year from vaccine-preventable infections.
As the most accessible health care providers, pharmacists can help ensure that patients are up-to-date on all their immunizations, as well as answer questions and provide necessary protection from harmful diseases.
Below are resources you need to get started for providing vaccines in your pharmacy, educating patients on immunizations, receiving training to provide immunizations and more.
Additionally, PSI Solutions offers a Collaborative Practice Agreement for Immunizations. Click here to learn more!
Fourth Annual White Paper from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and MPA
Pharmacies play an extremely important role in protecting the community against vaccine preventable diseases. The Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Division of Immunization tracked the rates of adult pharmacy immunizations, to better understand what percentage of vaccinations and the type of vaccination that were administered at the pharmacy level. This study utilized data entered into the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) over the year long period and assessed over 1,400 adult immunization doses reported to the Registry from independent, small and large chain pharmacies. This White Paper provides an opportunity to discuss the importance of MCIR for consolidation of patient immunization records as well as demonstrating the value of pharmacies in ensuring adults continue to maintain and have access to necessary vaccinations throughout the lifespan. Click here to access the full White Paper and learn more!
Practice Standards For All Healthcare Professionals
In 2013, the National Vaccine Advisory Council (NVAC) revised and updated the standards for Adult Immunization Practice to provide best practice recommendations for engaging all healthcare providers in assessing and providing appropriate, recommended immunizations to adult patients. Unfortunately, adult immunization rates are extremely low, and many adults are not even aware that they need vaccinations. As adults age, lifestyle and disease changes make them potentially eligible for different vaccinations over time, so it is vital that all healthcare providers--pharmacists included--follow these standards regardless of whether they actually provide immunizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has offered grants across the country to increase utilization of these standards. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) was fortunate to receive one of these grants and is working diligently to educate providers about using the standards in practice. Michigan Pharmacists Association is working closely with MDHHS to provide pharmacists with information about the adults standards and the importance of incorporating them into pharmacy immunization practices.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated their immunization education materials. Utilize these documents to provide guidance to parents and guardians, school staff and pharmacy technicians and interns about the vaccines that are required for school and child care entry, as well as the importance of following the recommended immunization schedule for children and adolescents.
Links to these handouts: