Pharmacists’ integral role in administering flu vaccines asserted in report
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In line with National Immunization Awareness Month, a new report has highlighted the role pharmacists play in administering flu vaccinations.
A recent public-private partnership campaign in Palm Beach County, Fla. — which involved the Palm Beach County Health Department, Palm Beach County Pharmacy Association and several local pharmacies — stressed the fact that pharmacists are "an integral part of the nation’s ‘first line resource’ for health and wellness and can extend the reach for public health initiatives," according to a results report that was published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.
“The public-private collaboration between health departments and community pharmacists could improve individual and family readiness, increase access to trained and trusted professionals and strengthen overall preparedness and community resilience,” the article stated.
Commenting on the article, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson said that the partnership is further drives home the message that pharmacists play a critical role in the healthcare delivery system.
"Pharmacists in all 50 states can administer the flu vaccine to patients, offering yet another important opportunity for patient-pharmacist interaction," Anderson said. "The success of this program described in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice provides additional support for efforts to further expand the age ranges and types of vaccinations for which pharmacists have authority. It also demonstrates yet again the unsurpassed value of pharmacy in improving patient health and lowering healthcare costs."
Kinney announces inoculation program for 2011-2012 flu season
GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. — Kinney Drugs will provide flu immunizations to patients by appointment during the 2011-2012 flu season.
This year’s flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three most common types of flu viruses, influenza A H3N2, influenza B and H1N1.
Kinney operates stores in New York and Vermont.
Rite Aid encourages customers to brush up on oral care
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is putting an emphasis on oral health with a new campaign that will run through Sept. 27.
The drug store chain unveiled its free educational guide, now available in stores and online, which underscores how oral hygiene impacts overall health. Rite Aid also is providing customers with access to expert advice from pharmacists and is offering Wellness+ rewards for Rite Aid’s loyalty program members who purchase common oral health products — members of Wellness+ can earn $5 in +UP Rewards to use like cash toward a future Rite Aid purchase. The +UP Rewards print on the bottom of register receipts once $25 in select oral health products have been purchased.
Additionally, Rite Aid also will host videos and oral health tips on RiteAid.com.
"Oral health is a natural subject for patients to discuss with their Rite Aid pharmacist, who is one of the most accessible members of most patients’ healthcare teams," Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson said. “Our pharmacists can show patients that by practicing smart dental habits, they’re taking steps to protect their mouth and overall health for years to come."