Special Issue "Pharmacists as Immunizers: The Role of Pharmacies in Promoting Immunization Campaigns and Counteracting Vaccine Hesitancy"

A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Vaccines represent fundamental public health interventions to mitigate the epidemiological and economic burden generated by communicable disorders, in terms of 1) outcome-related, 2) behavior-related productivity gains, and 3) community externalities. Vaccines offer both direct and indirect protection against infectious disorders (the so-called “herd immunity effect”). Despite their importance, several parents choose not to immunize their children, due to the rising phenomenon of anti-vaccination movements that divulge vaccine-related “fake news” and “post-modern, post-factual truths”. Within this framework, from a public health perspective, community pharmacies play a vital role in that pharmacists can act as immunizers, improving vaccine-related health literacy and vaccination coverage rates, as well as counteracting vaccine hesitancy. This Special Issue welcomes both original and review papers addressing the important topic of community pharmacists as crucial actors in the promotion of vaccination campaigns. Randomized trials and systematic reviews of the literature with meta-analysis are especially welcome.

Dr. Nicola Luigi Bragazzi
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Community pharmacies
  • Public health
  • Vaccination campaigns
  • Vaccine literacy
  • Vaccine hesitancy

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Pharmacists as Immunizers: The Role of Pharmacies in Promoting Immunization Campaigns and Counteracting Vaccine Hesitancy
Pharmacy 2019, 7(4), 166; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy7040166 - 05 Dec 2019
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Vaccines represent fundamental public health interventions aimed to counteract or, at least, partially mitigate the severe epidemiological and economic burden generated by communicable disorders, in terms of (i) outcome-related, (ii) behavior-related productivity gains, and (iii) community externalities in developed settings as well as [...] Read more.
Vaccines represent fundamental public health interventions aimed to counteract or, at least, partially mitigate the severe epidemiological and economic burden generated by communicable disorders, in terms of (i) outcome-related, (ii) behavior-related productivity gains, and (iii) community externalities in developed settings as well as in developing countries. Despite their importance, several parents choose not to immunize their children due to the rising phenomenon of anti-vaccination movements that divulge vaccine-related “fake news” and “post-modern, post-factual truths”. Vaccine hesitancy represents a threat that can seriously jeopardize the implementation and success of vaccination campaigns. Within this framework, from a public health perspective, community pharmacies can play a vital role in that pharmacists can: (i) act as immunizers (vaccine distributors, educators, facilitators and administrators), (ii) improve vaccine-related health literacy and vaccination coverage rates as well as (iii) remove barriers and obstacles to the access to healthcare settings offering immunization services and (iv) counteract vaccine hesitancy. Full article
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