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Pharmacists Play a Vital Role in Providing Immunizations in Their Communities,
Date:4/2/2010

Increased access to immunizing pharmacists contributes to improving vaccination rates

Washington, DC (Vocus) April 2, 2010 -- The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) applauds the efforts of pharmacists, public health, community leaders and other immunization stakeholders in their collaborative efforts to administer more than 90 million doses during the 2009-2010 influenza season. The release by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the results regarding immunization rates of the general population and healthcare personnel demonstrate great strides made by immunization providers and that more work, education and collaboration are needed to further protect the public. With authority to administer vaccines in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, pharmacists and student pharmacists were integral to the achievements highlighted by the CDC.

“Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to play an important role in helping patients get immunizations,” said APhA CEO and Executive Vice President Thomas Menighan. “Pharmacies are located in virtually every community in the United States; many have extended hours of service, and offer immunization services without requiring patients to make an appointment. With pharmacists administering over 14 million influenza vaccine doses this season and collaborating with federal and state governments and other immunization stakeholders, ‘we walked-the-walk’, not just talked about what we can do. We could have done more if we had timely access to vaccine.”

APhA conducts a national model certificate training program for pharmacists, “Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery” is based on CDC immunization practice standards. CDC officials and immunization experts participate in the curriculum development. The 20 hour training program is recognized by the CDC for its c
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