Pharmacist Education and Inpatient Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination Acceptance Rates

The United States is vastly affected by pneumococcus pneumonia, invasive pneumococcal infections, and seasonal influenza each and every year. Although there are vaccines that prevent these diseases, approximately 70 million high-risk adults are vulnerable to pneumococcus by by remaining unvaccinated. The number of deaths related to influenza has been steadily increasing in the United States since 1990. If patients qualify, patients can receive both the influenza and pneumonia vaccinations to protect themselves from these disease, however, less than half of adults 18 years of older were vaccinated during the 2012 to 2013 flu season. It is apparent that pharmacists, as immunizers in the community setting, are increasing the current vaccination rates in the population today.

A study was conducted to determine just how effective pharmacist-driven education programs were at increasing vaccination rates. Patients in a small community hospital who initially rejected vaccinations upon admission were educated by pharmacists and pharmacy interns and reoccurred the vaccination. As a result, 39.2% of patients changed there minds and decided to receive the influence and pneumococcal pneumonia vaccines.

This study proves the importance of patient education. Pharmacists need to provide patients with all the available information in order for patients to make the right decisions in regards to their health care. I am proud to be going in to a profession that has such a big influence on its patient population.

Journal of Pharmacy Practice (2016): n. pag. Web.

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2 thoughts on “Pharmacist Education and Inpatient Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination Acceptance Rates”

  1. It is interesting how the patients who refused the vaccination would get one after talking to a pharmacist. This really shows how much of an impact we can have as pharmacists on patients. If pharmacists can help patients understand the importance of vaccines, we can also help them to make other health and lifestyle changes. It’s really great that pharmacy can have such a huge impact.

  2. I had heard about some local vaccination program successes from my pharmacist at work, but I had no idea that pharmacists could be so influential to patients. It does stand to reason that people would trust a pharmacist to provide them with accurate and important information regarding vaccinations/medications but it does still surprise me that so many people would change their mind. This is in conjunction with he especially high amount of people who believe the mistruths about vaccinations in general. I believe that pharmacists in both the community and hospital setting should have more time to interact with patients at least have the ability to discuss vaccination options with them rather than being forced to stand behind a counter and verify. Hopefully, laws will change and pharmacists will be seen as the influential healthcare providers they are.

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