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Parents’ perceptions of pharmacists as providers of influenza vaccine to children
Maithili Deshpande; Jennifer Schauer; David A. Mott; Henry N. Young; Patrick Cory
J Am Pharm Assoc (2003) 2013;53:488-495. doi:10.1331/JAPhA.2013.13017

Abstract

Objective  To examine parents’ experience with the process of obtaining the influenza vaccine and their perceptions about pharmacists providing influenza vaccination services to their children.

Design  Cross-sectional descriptive study.

Setting  Wisconsin between November 2011 and April 2012.

Participants  Children receiving an influenza vaccination from a Unity Health Insurance (UHI)-covered pharmacy between September and December 2011 were identified from pharmacy claims data, and parents of the children were sent a letter requesting their participation in the study.

Intervention  Online survey.

Main outcome measures  Parents’ experience with the process of obtaining the influenza vaccine and their perceptions about pharmacists providing influenza vaccinations to their children.

Results  179 parents received a letter from UHI requesting their participation in the study, and the usable response rate for the study was 48%. Parents’ experience with the process of obtaining the influenza vaccine was positive. A majority of parents did not need an appointment (98%) and visited a pharmacy during the hours of 3:05 pm to 6:00 pm (51%). Approximately 97% of the responding parents felt confident about the pharmacist providing influenza vaccinations to their children.

Conclusion  Parents appear to be willing to accept pharmacists as an immunization resource for their children.

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