Survey: Americans prefer pharmacy over physician for vaccines

More than 3 out of 5 Americans say they prefer to go to a local pharmacy instead of the doctor's office for vaccinations, a new survey shows. The PrescribeWellness 2017 Vaccination and Preventive Care Survey found that 62% of survey respondents chose pharmacy over physician, primarily due to convenience.

More than 3 out of 5 Americans say they prefer to go to a local pharmacy instead of the doctor's office for vaccinations, a new survey shows. The PrescribeWellness 2017 Vaccination and Preventive Care Survey found that 62% of survey respondents chose pharmacy over physician, primarily due to convenience. The survey of 1,000 adults older than age 35 years found that up to 26% consider their pharmacy a "one-stop shop" for many health and wellness needs. Additionally, 24% noted their local pharmacy is easier to get to than the doctor's office—and 21% said their local pharmacy is particularly easier to get to than a doctor's office when they have their children with them. Up to 89% of the respondents said it is important to get immunized against shingles, with many noting the condition is painful and can take a long time to heal. Many respondents also expressed concern about shingles because it can lie dormant for decades and because it often affects older adults.

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