Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Lauren B. Angelo. APhA's Immunization Handbook, 2nd Ed

Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Lauren B. Angelo. APhA's Immunization Handbook, 2nd Ed

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Lauren B. Angelo. APhA's Immunization Handbook, 2nd ed. Washington, DC: American Pharmacist Association; 2012, 253 pages, $41.95 (paperback), ISBN 9781582121659.

This second edition of the APHA Immunization Handbook is compressive and includes nearly everything a new and current immunizing pharmacist would like to know regarding the provision of immunizations within their practice. It covers the major topics of program development, program management, immunization and delivery options, safety measures, roles and responsibilities, and immunization and vaccine product information. I was not able to locate another more complete text that was more up to date. For the novice pharmacist immunization provider, this handbook would be valuable in setting up a beginning practice. For the current pharmacist immunization provider, there is value in the reminder for safety measures, frequently asked questions about immunizations, and staying informed. The chapter entitled "Travel Health and Vaccination Clinics" was a quick summary of how to expand an immunization practice in this growing area within pharmacy. The reference sections at the end of each chapter are helpful to provide the reader with a guide to garner more information about a particular topic. The tables within the text were clear. One disadvantage of the handbook is that it is limited in color format. Adding a few graphics that support the text and additional colors would make the book easier on the eyes and a livelier read.

I would recommend the book as a companion reference for colleges and schools of pharmacy that are providing the APHA Immunization Program for their students within their curriculum. …

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