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The American Pharmacists Association (APhA), American College of Physicians (ACP), and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) partnered to develop a new guidebook on adult immunization. Funded by GSK, Aging and Immunity: The Important Role of Vaccines is a guide designed to help health care professionals understand the biological impact of aging on immunity and the value of vaccination as an effective tool in reducing the risk for vaccine-preventable diseases in older adults.
As a pharmacist you are on the front lines of patient care, and you can play a key role in engaging and informing your older patients about the dangers of flu, as well as the latest strategies for prevention. Be FLUent offers a series of tools and resources to help you lead the way in protecting adults age 65 years and older from flu.
Pharmacists’ role in immunization neighborhood showcased
APhA has released a video highlighting the 20th anniversary of APhA’s Pharmacy-based Immunization Certificate Training Program and the important role pharmacists are playing within the immunization neighborhood. The video celebrates the work and contributions of thousands of immunization champions and the impact pharmacists have made on their communities. The video can be used with consumer, healthcare professional and policy-maker audiences.
2016 will mark the 20th Anniversary of APhA's Pharmacy-Based Immunization Certificate Training Program. Since that time, more than 280,000 pharmacists have been trained to administer vaccines, the scope and authority of pharmacists has greatly expanded and pharmacists are recognized as valued members of the immunization neighborhood. These accomplishments have been achieved because of the work and commitment of thousands of pharmacists and other stakeholders to improving the health of patients and the communities served.
We are looking for picture of immunizing pharmacists in action that we can use over the anniversary year to highlight pharmacists' contributions to improving public health. If you have electronic versions of pictures of you or colleagues providing vaccinations / vaccination services we would appreciate your sending them to email@example.com. When you send the picture(s) please indicate in your e-mail the name of the pharmacist, practice location, and indicate you have the permission of the patient to submit the photo.
Thank you in advance for your assistance and the work you do everyday.
The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) revised the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice. The new Standards call on ALL healthcare professionals – whether they provide vaccinations or not – to take steps to help ensure that their adult patients are fully immunized. Pharmacists have an important role and opportunity to impact adult immunization rates. The Standards were revised because:
CDC has developed guidance and tools for you to use in implementing activities around the new standards.
ACIP Recommendation on Pneumococcal Vaccination
Ask the Experts - Answers to your immunization questions, organized by topic.
CDC Vaccine Resources - schedules, recommendations, Vaccine Information Statements
Immunization Action Coalition - news, patient handouts, clinic management resources
Pharmacist authority to immunize - by type of immunization
Pharmacist authority to administer influenza vaccine - number of states authorizing pharmacist-delivered influenza vaccine vs. number of pharmacists trained to do so
Pharmacist ability to Administer MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine - chart by state
Pharmacist authority to Administer MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine - number of states authorizing pharmacist-delivered iMMR vaccine
Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) - national vaccine safety surveillance system
National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program - no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for resolving vaccine injury claims
Role of community pharmacies/pharmacists in U.S. vaccine delivery - includes regulatory considerations, best practices, and what's on the horizon
NEW: Adolescent Immunizations and the UNITY Consortium - Pursuit of the Three C's: Confident, concise, and consistent healthcare provider recommendations for adolescent vaccines
December 2015: The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has updated and redesigned its handout for healthcare professionals titled How to Administer Intramuscular and Subcutaneous Vaccine Injections.
With the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of intradermal influenza vaccine, many questions have been asked of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) about additional training for pharmacists. This is a relatively easy vaccine to administer and we have developed a worksheet from material provided by the manufacturer and other resources, as well as providing a video developed by the manufacturer, to explain this process.
FluMist® is administered intranasally; active inhalation (i.e., sniffing) by the patient is not required. Watch this video to learn how to store FluMist in your office, and how to administer it to your eligible patients 2 years to 49 years old.
Jet injectors use a unique pressure profile to deliver vaccine as a fine stream of fluid to puncture the skin, and deliver vaccine to the proper tissue depth for intramuscular injection.
Since the first jet injectors were introduced in the 1940s, the technology has evolved to a single-use, sterile, disposable syringe used with a reusable injector. These innovative jet injectors have proven to be a safe and effective method of administration.