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Pharmacy becomes go-to for influenza vaccinations

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A growing number of people are turning to community pharmacies for vaccinations. According to the PrescribeWellness 2017 Vaccination and Preventive Care Survey, most Americans prefer to visit their local pharmacy for vaccinations, instead of going to the doctor.

A growing number of people are turning to community pharmacies for vaccinations. According to the PrescribeWellness 2017 Vaccination and Preventive Care Survey, most Americans prefer to visit their local pharmacy for vaccinations, instead of going to the doctor. A total of 62% of survey respondents chose pharmacy over visiting a physician's office, with up to 26% saying their pharmacy is their "one-stop shop" for many health and wellness needs. In addition, about 25% said their local pharmacy is easier to get to than the doctor's office, and about 20% noted it is much more convenient, particularly if they have their children with them. APhA reports that approximately 300,000 pharmacists around the country are trained to give immunizations. According to CDC, community pharmacies have become the No. 2 choice for influenza vaccinations, with some 24% of adults asking their pharmacists for an annual influenza immunization, compared with 37% who ask their physicians.

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