Along with managing medication therapy and educating patients on healthy lifestyle practices, certified pharmacists can also administer critical immunizations, ensuring that any treatment received will not interfere with other therapies.
The majority of American adults are inadequately vaccinated, leading to an average of 90,000 deaths each year from vaccine-preventable infections.
As the most accessible health care providers, pharmacists can help ensure that patients are up-to-date on all their immunizations, as well as answer questions and provide necessary protection from harmful diseases.
Access Valuable Immunization Information and Resources Below
Please click on the expandable blue bars below to get started and find the resources you need to provide seasonal flu and other vaccines in your pharmacy, educate patients on immunizations, receive training to provide immunizations and more.
Immunization Education and Training
MPA hosts several Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Programs throughout the year at different locations throughout the state of Michigan, as well as at our headquarters in Lansing. Please visit our events calendar to view any upcoming events, or contact Cynthia Rowe at (517) 377-0222 for the most up-to-date information.
For additional information about this program, developed by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), please visit the APhA Web site.
Immunization Documentation and Procedures
Immunization Billing and Coverage
Pertussis Vaccine Awareness
About the Franny Strong Foundation
The Franny Strong Foundation was established in 2012 in honor of Francesca Marie, who lost her life to pertussis at just 12 weeks of age. Francesca’s battle with this terrible disease was short but amazingly heroic. Her symptoms began with a mild, almost unnoticeable cough. She died just nine days after first showing symptoms. The mission of the Franny Strong Foundation is to promote pertussis awareness and prevention through ongoing research and education for the public and health care professionals. For more information, please visit www.FrannyStrong.org, or see the Michigan Pharmacist journal article written by Veronica McNally, founder.
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Information
HealthMap Vaccine Finder
The HealthMap Vaccine Finder promotes the availability of all forms of the influenza vaccine to the public. Later this year, the Vaccine Finder will expand to cover 10 adult vaccines and help individuals locate practices that administer a wide spectrum of adult vaccines. All providers have the opportunity to enter information on their vaccine services into the database. If you already have a Vaccine Finder account, now is the time to enter your data! If you’re not registered, visit the HealthMap Web site to sign up today. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Vaccine@HealthMap.org.
Seasonal Flu Education and Training
This toolkit is a comprehensive resource for providers on vaccine storage and handling recommendations and best practice strategies. The Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit is based on recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the manufacturer’s product information, and studies from the National Institute for Scientific Technology. The newly-released toolkit outlines best practice and recommendations regarding considerations for equipment that includes storage units and thermometers, strategies for maintaining the cold chain, routine storage and handling practices, inventory management and emergency procedures for protecting vaccine inventories.
Proper vaccine storage and handling practices play a very important role in protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccine quality is the shared responsibility of everyone, from the time vaccine is manufactured until it is administered. Additional information on vaccine storage and handling may be found on the CDC Web site.
Seasonal Flu Resources
MI Flu Focus
Michigan Flu Focus provides influenza surveillance updates on a weekly basis. View recent updates, including a complete archive of previous editions of MI Flu Focus, on the Michigan Department of Community Health Web site.
FluBytes provides articles on important influenza updates, resources and additional immunization news on a weekly basis. View recent updates, including a complete archive of previous editions of FluBytes, on the Michigan Department of Community Health Web site.