What is it about?

For a variety of reasons there is a substantial deficit in Germany in the number of individuals who receive vaccinations in comparison with other industrialised countries. Therefore, this study was performed to increase vaccination rates via a pharmacy.

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Why is it important?

312 patients received intensive vaccination education in a pharmacy based on their accompanying vaccination documentation. Older individuals, who are known for having the largest vaccination gap in Germany, represented the highest percentage of people who used this service. The five most commonly required vaccinations had increased significantly, five weeks after the consultation. These vaccination rate increases included diphtheria, which rose from 55.8 to 71.2%, tetanus, which rose from 73.1 to 86.5%, influenza, which rose from 46.5 to 74.7%, pneumococcal, which rose from 32.4 to 62.8%, and tick-borne encephalitis, which rose from 31.9 to 42.4% (all p≤0.008).


Well structured vaccination consultations help to raise vaccination rates. Thus, pharmacies should consider offering and implementing this preventive measure so as to lower the rates of preventable disease and to save costs.

Dr Jörg Fuchs

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This page is a summary of: The provision of pharmaceutical advice improves patient vaccination status, Pharmacy Practice, December 2006, Instituto de Salud Carlos III/BNCS/SciELO Espana, DOI: 10.4321/s1885-642x2006000400003.
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