The American Pharmacists Association reminds the 250 million people who visit the pharmacy each week to utilize your relationship with your neighborhood pharmacist to meet your health care and information needs during the cold and flu season.
WASHINGTON, DC — The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) reminds the 250 million people who visit the pharmacy each week to utilize your relationship with your neighborhood pharmacist to meet your health care and information needs during the cold and flu season. Pharmacists are important resources to keeping your family safe and healthy from the flu, and other infectious diseases.
“Pharmacists play an important role in protecting the public health during flu season by providing immunizations, medications and health information to patients in their communities,” said American Pharmacists Association CEO Tom Menighan. “Pharmacists are an integral part of the health care team and, with most Americans living within just five miles of a pharmacy, they are easily accessible to patients nationwide.”
Flu season is beginning to peak around the country and the CDC recommends a three-pronged approach to protect yourself and those around you:
Patient care services, such as immunizations, are just one of the many ways pharmacists can play an important role within their communities and as part of the health care team. Widespread access to and coverage of many of pharmacists’ patient care services is restricted because of a lack of pharmacists’ recognition under federal law as healthcare providers. The health of our communities can be enhanced with this recognition.
As the largest association representing pharmacists across the nation, APhA has been working to increase patient access to and coverage for pharmacists’ patient care services through achievement of federal provider status for pharmacists and their services. Pharmacists and their services increase patient access to health care and improve patient health and care outcomes.
About the American Pharmacists Association
The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States.
For more information, please visit www.pharmacist.com.