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Influenza vaccination coverage at community pharmacies: Positioning, needs, expectations and involvement of community pharmacists in the Franche-Comté region.

Authors
  • Kroemer, M1
  • Clairet, A L1
  • Kabiche, K2
  • Bendjama, A2
  • Bertrand, X3
  • Limat, S1
  • Nerich, V4
  • 1 Pôle pharmacie, CHU de Besançon, 3, boulevard Alexandre-Fleming, 25030 Besançon cedex, France; UMR Inserm1098, interactions hôte-greffon-tumeur - ingénierie cellulaire et génique, université Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Besançon, France. , (France)
  • 2 Pôle pharmacie, CHU de Besançon, 3, boulevard Alexandre-Fleming, 25030 Besançon cedex, France. , (France)
  • 3 Service d'hygiène hospitalière, CHU de Besançon, 3, boulevard Alexandre-Fleming, 25030 Besançon cedex, France; UMR CNRS 6249, laboratoire chrono-environnement, université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France. , (France)
  • 4 Pôle pharmacie, CHU de Besançon, 3, boulevard Alexandre-Fleming, 25030 Besançon cedex, France; UMR Inserm1098, interactions hôte-greffon-tumeur - ingénierie cellulaire et génique, université Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Besançon, France. Electronic address: [email protected] , (France)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Infectious diseases now
Publication Date
May 01, 2021
Volume
51
Issue
3
Pages
285–289
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.medmal.2020.10.012
PMID: 33075402
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Influenza vaccination coverage currently remains below the 75% recommended threshold by the World Health Organization. To correct this situation, experiments have been successively carried out in France to enable community pharmacists to vaccinate at-risk populations. In this context, a study was conducted with pharmacists from the French Franche-Comté region to evaluate their positioning, needs and expectations regarding influenza vaccination at community pharmacies. A survey was created and sent to licensed pharmacists in March of 2018. This consisted of 4 parts: characteristics of the community pharmacy; positioning of the pharmacist regarding vaccinations carried out at the pharmacy; training needs and expectations; and willingness to implement vaccinations. The participation rate in this survey was 32% (137/427). More than 90% of the pharmacists agreed that community pharmacies' assets were adequate for the implementation of these vaccinations (accessibility and availability), although 52% considered this complicated. Their main fears were reluctance from patients and conflicts of interest with other health professionals authorized to vaccinate (58%). The needs and expectations regarding pharmacy student training were essential for 94% of them as well as continuous training of practicing pharmacists (96%). The willingness of pharmacists to vaccinate stemmed from the fact that influenza vaccination coverage would increase for at-risk subjects (36%). This survey allowed us to assess the favorable positioning and the real interest of pharmacists from Franche-Comté regarding the influenza vaccination done at community pharmacies, given the proviso that they were given relevant training and allocated adequate resources. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

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