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Pharmacist-led influenza vaccination services in residential aged care homes: A pilot study

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McDerby, NC, Kosari, S, Bail, KS, Shield, AJ, MacLeod, T, Peterson, GM ORCID: 0000-0002-6764-3882 and Naunton, M 2019 , 'Pharmacist-led influenza vaccination services in residential aged care homes: A pilot study' , Australasian Journal on Ageing , doi: 10.1111/ajag.12611.

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Abstract

Objectives: The feasibility of pharmacist-led influenza vaccination services in residential aged care homes has not previously been studied. The primary objective ofthis pilot study was to evaluate the feasibility of this service. The secondary objectivewas to assess the effect of the service on employee vaccination rates.Methods: An in-house pharmacist-led vaccination service was implemented at a single site in 2017. De-identified employee influenza vaccination records at this site for2016 and 2017 were compared to assess the change in vaccination rate.Results: The residential care pharmacist administered 37% of all influenza vaccinations to employees (n = 78) in 2017. Between 2016 and 2017, there was a significantimprovement in the employee vaccination rate at the site (46.5% vs 69.2%, P Conclusions: It is feasible for pharmacists to administer influenza vaccinations toemployees in residential aged care. The flexibility of an in-house pharmacist improves accessibility and can therefore promote uptake of influenza vaccination byemployees.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McDerby, NC and Kosari, S and Bail, KS and Shield, AJ and MacLeod, T and Peterson, GM and Naunton, M
Keywords: Pharmacist-led, influenza, vaccination, nursing home, residential aged care
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Publisher: Council on the Ageing (Australia)
ISSN: 1440-6381
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/ajag.12611
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Copyright 2019 AJA Inc. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12611. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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