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How to maximise the contribution community pharmacists make to tackling communicable diseases?
The Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU) has published its Best Practice Paper on Communicable Diseases and Vaccination which highlights some innovative services and activities which are provided by community pharmacists across Europe in response to the threat posed by communicable diseases and vaccine hesitancy.
It also highlights potential future and emerging pharmacy services which could strengthen the resilience of European health systems in the area of communicable diseases and vaccine hesitancy.
In the Paper, PGEU makes some recommendations to EU Institutions, Member States and the wider public to maximise the contribution community pharmacists make to tackling communicable diseases and improving vaccination coverage:
- European institutions and agencies are encouraged to continue and strengthen collaboration with community pharmacists and pharmacy organisations at European level, for example in the Joint Actions on Antimicrobial Resistance and Vaccination;
- National governments are called upon to include and integrate community pharmacists into national vaccination strategies;
- Pharmacists should be enabled to provide new and innovative services in response to the threat posed by communicable diseases and vaccine hesitancy;
- Pharmacists should be better integrated into primary health care systems and services, for example, integration of electronic health records to facilitate efficient notification of pharmacists’ interventions to the patient’s medical record;
- Services, such as vaccinations should be globally commissioned within national health systems;
- Pharmacists should be encouraged to vaccinate themselves against influenza.
The Best Practice Paper on Communicable Diseases and Vaccination is the result of the collaboration between PGEU staff and the communication agency Page in extremis. Page in extremis is delighted to benefit from the repeated trust of PGEU for several years.
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