Let’s Reduce The Risk For Children…
And In Turn, The Adults In Their Lives.
Last season saw the highest hospitalization rates in children, resulting in 188 laboratory-confirmed flu-related pediatric deaths.
It is well documented that children consistently have the highest attack rates of influenza in the community during seasonal influenza epidemics. Children tend to transmit the infection to their classmates and members of their households. With schools beginning to open across the country, the need to protect children from the flu while we are in the midst of a pandemic, makes efforts to immunize children of utmost importance. It is possible have flu and COVID-19 at the same time.
– the need to protect children is of utmost importance –
While pediatricians are the primary care providers for children 18 and under, pharmacists are able to play a crucial role as a member of a child’s healthcare team. Pharmacist are authorized to provide routine immunizations for children 3 and up as well as the flu vaccine and COVI-19 (once a vaccine is available).
Nation-wide, vaccination rates have declined. While it is understandable that parents are concerned about taking their children to medical facilities, they should know that there is another option, their local community pharmacy.
As noted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “concerted efforts are needed to ensure rapid catch-up for children who are not up-to-date with measles-containing vaccines as well as other ACIP-recommended vaccinations.”
Immunize With Convenience!
The American Disease Prevention Control reports that Most Americans prefer to get vaccines at the pharmacy. According to the Prescribe Wellness 2017 Vaccination and Preventive Care Survey, 62% of respondents chose their pharmacy over their other settings, mostly due to convenience. As many as 26% stated their pharmacy is a “one-stop shop” for many health and wellness needs. Another 24% said it was easier to get to than the doctor’s office.
In addition, the American Disease Prevention Control notes*:
- *statistics found here: https://vaccinesshouldntwait.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ADPC-ResearchSummary.pdf