Pharmacist's Role in Flu Vaccination
Pharmacists are the most accessible health care providers and are in an ideal position to provide immunization services. Patients can turn to pharmacists for education, counselling, monitoring and administration of the flu vaccination. Trained pharmacists in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador are able to administer vaccinations and pharmacists in Saskatchewan should be able to provide vaccinations once regulations are finalized.
CPhA encourages pharmacists across Canada to take an active role in preventing the spread of influenza by helping your patients and pharmacy staff make informed decisions about getting the annual flu shot.
Ways you can promote vaccinations in your pharmacy:
- Know who qualifies as a high priority recipient
- Ask patients if they already received or have considered getting their flu shot this year
- Have a list of local flu shot clinics and dates ready at the counter
- Organize a flu shot clinic at your pharmacy
- Administer vaccinations to your patients according to your training and provincial regulations
- Help patients make an appointment to get their flu shot
- Hand out information with each prescription
- Place flu shot posters in your waiting area