Ready, Set, Vaccinate!
With the re-emergence of diseases like measles, vaccines continue to make headlines. Pharmacists arguably must make vaccines a priority. In addition to growing top-line revenue, a robust immunization practice makes your pharmacy more than a dispensary—it makes it a wellness destination. As you gear up for the coming flu season, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Inventory management can be a challenge for pharmacists looking to develop or expand on an immunization program. Storage and handling are also complex—especially for those products that must remain frozen or refrigerated, like live attenuated virus vaccines or rotavirus and measles/mumps/rubella vaccines.
Pharmacists are routinely advised to inspect their vaccine-handling protocols and systematically evaluate storage and transport temperatures. Smart refrigeration systems, like the one offered by MinibarRx®, provide 24/7 temperature reporting and reduce the risk of inventory compromise or loss.
Familiarize yourself with administration protocols with such resources as this one from the CDC. Patient and provider safety can be improved with such resources as this barrier bandage from Inject-Safe™. Counseling patients—year round, not just during flu season—is also a critical component to growing your program. Create fact sheets about the advantages of immunization that can be shared to educate your community and advertise your pharmacy.
Finally, take advantage of the significant resources available for ongoing training, including continuing education and certification readily available through the APhA and many state-level pharmacy associations.
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