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The American Journal of Managed Care® Spotlights the Essential Role of Pharmacists in Boosting Vaccination Rates

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Expert pharmacists offer strategies to help improve the continuous
decline in adult vaccination rates

A recent
publication
from The American Journal of Managed Care®
(AJMC®),
the leading peer-reviewed journal dedicated to issues in
managed care, addresses the role of community pharmacies in boosting
adult vaccination rates in the United States. According to the Centers
for Disease Control
and Prevention, adult vaccination rates remain
low for a variety of vaccines, including influenza, pneumococcal, and
herpes zoster. As educated and accessible healthcare providers,
community pharmacists are poised to increase immunization rates through
outreach efforts and convenient administration of vaccines.

In this publication, available alongside the July issue of AJMC®,
challenges and opportunities in immunization practices and highlights
barriers to optimal community-based vaccination are examined. In
addition, potential paths for optimizing reimbursement for
immunization-related services through benefits design are explored.

Discussing the significance of vaccinations within the broader economy
of healthcare, Jason
Gallagher, PharmD, noted
, "There are few ‘one and done'
interventions in healthcare that are both noninvasive and prevent
disease. I believe that our internal programming that tells us to
vaccinate certain populations has become so automatic that, while this
is a good thing, we under-appreciate just how much morbidity and
mortality is prevented through vaccination."

Despite various challenges related to access and awareness, pharmacists
will continue to make a positive impact on the immunization spectrum.
"Pharmacist-led immunization has increased vaccination rates across the
country and allowed physicians to spend more time with their patients
during office visits", Jennifer
Gershman, PharmD, CPH, said
.

Offering education, advice, and guidance, in addition to providing a
venue for and the administration of vaccinations, community pharmacists
are in a highly beneficial position when it comes to helping public
health efforts aimed to closing the vaccination gap. In concert with
these efforts, healthcare professionals within the managed care
community can identify additional opportunities—particularly in the
spectrum of benefits design—to improve the infrastructure of vaccine
delivery in the United States.

About The American Journal of Managed Care®:

The American Journal of Managed Care® (AJMC®) is a
peer-reviewed, Medline-indexed journal that keeps readers on the
forefront of health policy by publishing research relevant to industry
decision makers as they work to promote the efficient delivery of
high-quality care. AJMC.com is the essential website for managed care
professionals, distributing industry updates daily to leading
stakeholders. Other titles in the AJMC® family include The
American Journal of Accountable Care
® and two evidence-based series, Evidence-Based
Oncology
™ and Evidence-Based Diabetes Management™. These
comprehensive offerings bring together stakeholder views from payers,
providers, policymakers and other industry leaders in managed care. To
order reprints of articles appearing in AJMC® publications, please
contact Dr. Jeff Prescott at (609) 716-7777, ext. 331.

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