The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) praised pharmacy’s vital role in healthcare delivery in a letter to pharmacists stating that the agency “recognizes and appreciates the increasingly important role that you play in public health, including vaccinating the public against seasonal influenza and other vaccine-preventable diseases.”

In addition to recognizing the public health contributions of pharmacists to a well-functioning “immunization neighborhood,” the letter provides guidance to pharmacists for the influenza season and calls on pharmacists to assess patients’ overall vaccination needs and implement the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice for vaccinations beyond flu.