Immunizations

Do you still need to complete your continuing education requirements for the year?  We have a few weeks before we all get very busy with Part D Open Enrollment, so there's no better time than now - like right now - to get those CE credits for 2018.

 

Most states that allow pharmacist immunization also require that pharmacists obtain a certain number of continuing education hours that are immunization specific.

 

The following offer free, ACPE accredited, immunization continuing education.

 

2018 Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Aged 18 Years or Younger
This 8-page document includes a catch-up schedule and guidance for patients with medical conditions.

2018 Recommended Immunization Schedule for Ages 19 and Over
This 6-page document includes a schedule for patients with medical conditions or other indications and a table with precautions and contraindications.

Toolkits for marketing and education can be found at the following:
Centers for Disease Control 

APhA’s Immunizing Pharmacist

National Public Health Information Coalition

Marketing Yourself as an Immunizing Pharmacist

  • Partner with a local business or group and consider offering to administer on-site vaccinations.
  • Signs, signs, signs:  Flu Shots here.  Hey there's a reason that people still put out signs for yard sales...they work.
  • Have fact sheets (in English and Spanish) in your waiting area.
  • More signs.  Hang these throughout your pharmacy in areas likely to illicit a response.  Make them simple and thought-provoking.
  • Schedule special after-hours flu shot clinics for patients stuck at work during your regular pharmacy hours.
  • Update your pharmacy voice mail message.

These are just a handful of easy, inexpensive ways to make your flu vaccine program more successful.  And just one more thing.  Is your entire staff immunized?  If they are not, why?  We aren't suggesting you force your employees to get flu shots, but their beliefs about the vaccine can easily carry over to your patients.  Start the education process with your own staff.      .