Seasonal influenza represents a significant burden of diseases for the health care system and a risk for several population groups, including the elderly, people with underlying conditions, pregnant women and others. In a large part of the Northern Hemisphere, the COVID-19 pandemic reached its peak as the flu season subsided and spring arrived.
- The impact of pharmacy-based immunisation on vaccination coverage rates
- Why vulnerable populations (older people and chronic patients) should be vaccinated against influenza, especially in the context of the pandemic
- The role that pharmacists can play in normal circumstances and in times of crisis in improving vaccination coverage
- How some countries in the Southern Hemisphere have adopted strategies to increase flu vaccination through pharmacies.
Gonçalo Sousa Pinto, FIP Lead for Practice Development and Transformation - the Netherlands
1. Mariet Eksteen, Professional Development and Support, Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa
2. Bettina Caponi, Community pharmacist, Argentinian Pharmaceutical Confederation
3. Andi Shirtcliffe, Chief Clinical Advisor - Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy. Ministry of Health, New Zealand