Benefits of pharmacist-led flu vaccination services in community pharmacy

Ann Pharm Fr. 2017 Jan;75(1):3-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pharma.2016.08.005. Epub 2016 Oct 4.


Seasonal influenza is a major cause of excess winter deaths and increased hospital admissions. There is a high level of economic burden associated with the infection. Although vaccination targets have been set to tackle this international issue, many countries struggle to reach these coverage targets for their at-risk populations using traditional delivery methods. Traditional providers include family doctors and nurses; however, pharmacist-led influenza vaccination has become a more commonly utilised aid to support vaccination targets. Community pharmacies are convenient and widely accessible and evaluations consistently demonstrate that patients are satisfied with pharmacist-led vaccinations. Allowing community pharmacists to administer influenza vaccination as an alternative option for delivery helps to increase the coverage rate of vaccination. In addition, commissioning community pharmacists to provide this service has been shown to contribute to achieving targets for those at-risk. Pharmacist-led influenza vaccination services can create value for payors and reduce pressure on health systems. This review aims to demonstrate the success of pharmacy-led influenza vaccinations, and the impact it has had in driving up immunisation rates within other countries. Experiences of countries such as England, Portugal and the United States provide evidence to demonstrate the benefit to both the patient and the health system.

Keywords: Benefit; Community pharmacy; Grippe; Influenza; Officine; Pharmacien; Résultats; Vaccination.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • France
  • Humans
  • Influenza Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Mass Vaccination
  • Pharmacies / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pharmacists*
  • Vaccination*


  • Influenza Vaccines