Prepping for Flu Season in 2020: Why the Vaccine Is More Important Than Ever

Pharmacy Times
July 22, 2020

In preparation for the upcoming 2020-2021 influenza season, pharmacists are ideally positioned to educate patients about the utility of the influenza vaccine in helping to “flatten the curve” and prevent illness. Because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, many patients may be hesitant to venture to the pharmacy to receive an influenza vaccine for fear of possible exposure to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, the virus that causes the disease. As such, pharmacy staff have an opportunity to engage in outreach efforts to educate patients about the measures the pharmacy has put in place to help ensure their safety while continuing to promote the importance of receiving an annual influenza vaccine.

To learn how pharmacy staff can prepare for the 2020-2021 influenza season and discuss the changes that pharmacy staff may be anticipating, Pharmacy Times spoke with David P. Zgarrick, PhD, FAPhA, professor in the Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences in the School of Pharmacy at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts, and Shane Desselle, PhD, RPh, FAPhA, professor of social & behavioral pharmacy at Touro University California in Vallejo, California.

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