Integrating Travel Immunization into Your Practice
As pharmacists’ scope of practice has evolved throughout Canada, an increasing number of pharmacists are becoming influenza immunization champions. They are protecting large portions of their patients and reducing the risk of influenza in their community.
As pharmacists administer more vaccines in their practice beyond influenza, many are starting to consider offering travel health education and immunizations.
Travel health varies in level of complexity from the simple to the very complex. All pharmacists can provide basic travel health education and counselling in their practice and can consider referring the more complicated cases to healthcare professionals specializing in travel medicine.
Any pharmacist can provide the education and immunization(s) to protect travellers to low-risk vacation destinations such as the Caribbean and Mexico. This is an excellent starting point for all pharmacists interested in travel health.
This travel health program will focus on answering the following questions:
- Why should pharmacists become engaged in travel health?
- What does basic travel health look like in pharmacy practice?
- How do you implement travel health in practice?
- Where do we go from here?
Disclosures: The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose. The expert reviewer has disclosed that she has received honoraria from commercial entities other than this one.
This program has been supported by an educational grant from Sanofi Pasteur Limited.