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Expanding the pharmacist's role in immunization information systems
Adam C. Welch, PharmD
J Am Pharm Assoc (2003) 2010;50:444-445. doi:10.1331/JAPhA.2010.10018

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Are you a pharmacist involved with administering vaccines? Maybe you order influenza shots in the spring and hold a clinic or two in the fall. You vaccinate a couple hundred of your patients. You have them fill out a form. You take their insurance information; maybe they're cash-paying patients. You tell them about the risks and benefits of the vaccine. You give them a Vaccine Information Statement. You file the form that they filled out, give them a pocket record, and notify their physician. Maybe your services have grown and now you offer pneumococcal and zoster vaccines. The patients are grateful to have conveniently received the vaccine and you feel you've done your part to improve public health.

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References

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Progress in immunization information systems: United States, 2008. Accessed at www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5905.pdf, February 24,  2010.
 
Welch AC, Hoffmann K. Survey of Pennsylvania ppharmacists on establishing an immunization service [abstract].  J Am Pharm Assoc. 2010;50:286.[CrossRef]
 
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