Introduction

Annual influenza vaccination is important for the entire population, except those with an absolute contraindication (e.g. allergy to a component in the vaccine, infants under 6 months).1

Secondary complications arising from influenza infections include worsening cardiovascular conditions, respiratory conditions, pneumonia, increased hospitalisation and death.1

Learning objectives

After successful completion of this CPD activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Identify differences between standard and high-dose influenza vaccines
  • Explain the place in therapy of high-dose influenza vaccine
  • Discuss the role of the pharmacist in advising patients about vaccinating against influenza.

Competencies (2016) addressed: 1.1, 1.3, 1.6, 2.1, 3.1

 

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