By now we have all heard of the growing concerns of the anti-vaccination movement, but just how dangerous is it? The World Health Organization has deemed “vaccine hesitancy” as one of the top ten threats to global public health in 2019. With global vaccination rates remaining at 85%, the movement to increase immunization is strong. The target of the Global Vaccine Action Plan is to reach a rate of at least 90%. While 2-3 million deaths are prevented each year through vaccines, another 1.5 million more could be saved if coverage is increased.
Community pharmacies have a unique role that allows them to effectively contribute by informing at-risk patients of immunization opportunities. Properly educating patients is an important step to making a change and taking advantage of the close relationships you are able to build. Here are some tips on how to approach the conversation:
With services such as STC Immslink, you can have point-of-care access to a patient’s medical history and alerts of any vaccination opportunities. This saves time and allows for immediate counseling while simplifying immunization reporting. Administering vaccines can be a simple, effective way to promote health in your community and grow your business.