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The Pharmacist’s Role on Immunization: What to Look For and Look Out For

August 19, 2019

Three times a year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meets to review the latest findings on the immunization front, adjusting preferred dosing schedules and making recommendations in terms of best clinical practices. In that regard, the pharmacist’s role on immunization is critical in following the latest trends, accessing the appropriate vaccination resources, and advising their patients accordingly. According to the CDC, from October 1, 2018 through March 30, 2019, there were between 33.2 million to 38.1 million cases of influenza reported in the U.S., representing highs of 549,000 hospitalizations and 50,900 deaths, respectively. Although influenza vaccine effectiveness varies from season-to-season, one thing that remains consistent is the greater margin for faster recovery in those who have been vaccinated.