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Pharmacists are an important provider group to include in activities and initiatives that increase adult immunization rates and expand the existing infrastructure to respond to pandemics. Approximately 18% of adults were vaccinated against influenza at a pharmacy during the 2011-12 influenza season.1 Fifty-two states and territories allow pharmacists to provide at least one vaccine to adults.2 In comparison to traditional physician offices, pharmacies offer wider business hours such as evenings and weekends, and are better integrated into the community with multiple locations closer to where adults live and work. The conveniences provided by pharmacy vaccinations can reduce barriers to vaccinations, such as the need for time off from work, and transportation to and from a provider office.
Immunization Programs can strengthen pharmacy engagement in providing adult vaccines by partnering with local pharmacy associations, schools of pharmacy, and state/ local pharmacy boards, as well as medical societies. The collaborative network among pharmacies, the community, and the immunization program can be used to address policy barriers and strengthen communication.



LOUISIANA: Expanding Pharmacists Authority to Vaccinate

Expanding pharmacists’ authority to vaccinate and requiring pharmacists to report to the state immunization information system (IIS)


WASHINGTON:  Increasing pharmacist participation in IIS

The Washington State Office of Immunization and Child Profile (OICP) worked with the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) to increase pharmacists’ use of the Washington State Immunization Information System (IIS).


MINNESOTA: Immunization-related education and outreach for pharmacies

The Minnesota Immunization Program in the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) created pharmacy-specific educational resources to promote immunization best practices.

1“Improving Adult Immunizations Through Implementing the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice- Healthcare Provider.” National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit. National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit, 2016. Web.
2 “Pharmacist Administered Vaccines.” American Pharmacists Association. American Pharmacists Association, 2016. Web.
3 2015 AIM Annual Survey, 63 of 64 state/city/territorial Immunization Programs completed the survey that was administered online April - June 2015.

Chapter 6 Resources

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Immunization Action Coalition Adult IZ Resources Link Administration 4/5/2017
AIM Survey Data: Partnerships with Pharmacists PDF (484.02 KB) Administration 12/2/2016
APhA Immunization Center Link Administration 12/2/2016
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