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Not All Pharmacists Are Sold on Influenza Vaccinations - for Themselves

Magazine article Drug Topics

Not All Pharmacists Are Sold on Influenza Vaccinations - for Themselves

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INFLUENZA VACCINE

Many community pharmacists do not want to get the influenza vaccination because of the lack of employer incentives and because they don't think they need it, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Texas - Austin College of Pharmacy surveyed 1,028 individuals, including 895 pharmacists in the community-pharmacy setting, in hospitals, in academia, and in clinics. The study, which was recently published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, found that pharmacists reported a flu vaccine rate of 78%, while community pharmacists had the lowest rate of all respondents in pharmacy settings at 75%.

Even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all healthcare workers receive the influenza vaccine, the pharmacists' rate is lower than that of physicians (87%) because many pharmacy employers do not require the vaccine or provide incentives - such as reimbursement or time off - for pharmacy staff who obtain flu shots, according to the researchers.

"There is a big area where employers could do more to improve the vaccination rate among pharmacists," said Christopher Frei, PharmD, MSc, BCPS, assistant professor at the University of Texas - Austin College of Pharmacy. …

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