Community Pharmacy Conversations: Vaccination [audio]
Disease is spread quickly in close quarters like daycare, schools, and nursing environments. Common childhood illnesses like whooping cough, chicken pox, and meningitis can be deadly for those who are unvaccinated for reasons of age, parental choice, or who have certain health indicators, such as those with damaged immune systems. In adults, pneumococcal vaccines and shingles vaccination remains among the most important immunizations and an annual flu shot is recommended as the best defense against an illness that still takes many lives in the US each year. In this edition of Community Pharmacist Conversations, Northfield, Minnesota pharmacist Jessica Astrup Ehret discusses some of the information and misinformation surrounding vaccination. Tune in—and encourage your patients to do the same—to learn:
- The most effective way to keep vaccinations up-to-date;
- How to reduce the spread of even common germs in close-quarters;
- What vaccinations are appropriate for different age groups, occupations, travel schedules;
- The science behind some common myths about vaccination.