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Benefits of pharmacist-led flu vaccination services in community pharmacy

Kirkdale, C. L.; Nebout, G.; Megerlin, F.; Thornley, T.


C. L. Kirkdale

G. Nebout

F. Megerlin


Seasonal influenza is a major cause of excess winter deaths and increased hospital admissions. There is a high level of economic burden associated with the infection. Although vaccination targets have been set to tackle this international issue, many countries struggle to reach these coverage targets for their at-risk populations using traditional delivery methods. Traditional providers include family doctors and nurses; however, pharmacist-led influenza vaccination has become a more commonly utilised aid to support vaccination targets. Community pharmacies are convenient and widely accessible and evaluations consistently demonstrate that patients are satisfied with pharmacist-led vaccinations. Allowing community pharmacists to administer influenza vaccination as an alternative option for delivery helps to increase the coverage rate of vaccination. In addition, commissioning community pharmacists to provide this service has been shown to contribute to achieving targets for those at-risk. Pharmacist-led influenza vaccination services can create value for payors and reduce pressure on health systems. This review aims to demonstrate the success of pharmacy-led influenza vaccinations, and the impact it has had in driving up immunisation rates within other countries. Experiences of countries such as England, Portugal and the United States provide evidence to demonstrate the benefit to both the patient and the health system.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Aug 25, 2016
Online Publication Date Oct 4, 2016
Publication Date 2017-01
Deposit Date Jan 14, 2023
Journal Annales Pharmaceutiques Francaises
Print ISSN 0003-4509
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 75
Issue 1
Pages 3-8
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