World Immunization Week
World Immunization Week 2022
The last week of April is World Immunization Week, which is a week that acts to highlight the role of immunizations in the prevention of illness and the reduction of disease transmission. Each year, vaccines prevent 2 to 3 million deaths related to diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza, and measles. The theme for world immunization week is Long Life for All. Learn more about Long Life for All through the World Health Organization here.
Recognizing the Important Work of Pharmacists as Immunizers
The accessibility of pharmacists contributes greatly to the immunization of the community. Pharmacists began immunizing in 1996 when the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) introduced a training certificate program for pharmacists; by 2004, around 15,000 pharmacists and pharmacy students had been formally trained to immunize. As of 2020, more than 360,000 trained pharmacists across the United States were authorized to administer vaccines, and today, every state allows pharmacists to administer immunizations. Learn more about pharmacists’ contribution to world immunization week here.
Community Health Alliance Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Initiative
Community Health Alliance was granted $20,000 from the American Cancer Society to provide HPV vaccines. This money is for patients that are 9-13 years of age and can be used towards eliminating patient barriers. We are focusing our efforts on our upcoming vaccine clinics. We are providing the HPV vaccine for uninsured and underinsured patients. We will also be sending out postcards to our patients to encourage them to get their HPV vaccines.
Our vaccine clinics will also provide immunizations for:
- Meningococcal (MenACWY)
- Diphtheria, Tetanus & Acellular Pertussis (Dtap)
- Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib)
- Hepatitis A (HepA)
- Hepatitis B (HebB)
- Inactivated poliovirus (IPV)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- Meningococcal B (MenB)
- Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13)
- Tetanus, diphtheria & acellular pertussis (Tdap)
- Varicella (VAR)
Recognizing our Pharmacists
- Netochi Adeolokun, PharmD, BC-ACP, BC-ADM – Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services
- Kelsey Maxim, PharmD, CDCES – Director of Retail Pharmacy Services
- Heidi Durant, PharmD, BCGP
- Andrew Beau Kerby, PharmD
- Andrew Miller, PharmD
- Nikhil Pattni, PharmD
- Stephanie Walker, PharmD
- Luis Martinez, PharmD
When it comes to prescriptions and immunizations, convenience is the key. We feature one-stop, low-cost pharmacies at two of our locations. We also host and participate in various vaccine clinics in our community. Check out our calendar of events to find a location near you.