Pharmacists Leading Immunization Nation's Influenza Defense
As the 2020-2021 flu season, fast approaches from the Southern Hemisphere, retail pharmacies in the USA are not sitting on the sidelines when it comes to protecting people from vaccine-preventable diseases, such as influenza.
According to the National Community Pharmacists Association, about 78% of independent pharmacies offer various immunization services. Furthermore, 30% of influenza vaccines administered to adults each year are done by pharmacists.
However, the newest preventable disease is called 'vaccine misinformation', which threatens to set healthcare back decades.
'As healthcare providers, pharmacists need to take every opportunity to immunize our patients with facts. Vaccine fake-news has already caused irreparable harm in the form of human suffering," shared Crockett Tidwell, RPh, CDE, Clinical Services Manager, Vaccine Specialist with United Supermarkets Pharmacy.