Which Flu Shot Do I Give? A Pharmacist’s Guide to 2019 Influenza Vaccines
Older adults (≥ 65 years) are at a high risk of significant morbidity or mortality if infected with influenza.1 Pharmacists are in an excellent position to ensure that this vulnerable patient population is adequately protected against this common infection. Some patients are unaware that pharmacists can provide influenza immunization and others are vaccine hesitant. By actively offering the influenza vaccine to all older adults, offering enhanced vaccines and addressing vaccine hesitancy, pharmacists and their team can help to improve influenza immunization rates.
This continuing education program is designed to provide pharmacists with the practical tools and knowledge to address common influenza immunization scenarios in older adults.
This continuing education lesson is designed primarily for pharmacists and has been accredited by the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) for 1 CEU.
Mark Loeb, FRCPC, MD, MSc
William Fisher, PhD, FCAHs
Carlene Oleksyn, BSc Pharm, CTH, CDE
Michael Boivin, B. Pharm., CDE, CTE, CTH
Upon successful completion of this continuing education program, pharmacists will be better able to:
- Explain how the influenza vaccine protects patients
- Employ different methods to address vaccine hesitancy
- Discuss the differences in vaccine options in people 65 years of age and older
- Implement strategies in the pharmacy to improve immunization rates