Guild launches immunisation course


pharmacist immunisation: hands cupping vaccine bottle as needle draws fluid

Guild Learning and Development is partnering with Seqirus in an online course to help pharmacists brush up on immunisation

The course, “Encouraging the uptake of influenza vaccination in your pharmacy”, has been designed to help pharmacists refresh their knowledge of key immunisation concepts.

With changes in the regulatory environment, the Guild says community pharmacies increasingly are becoming well-recognised providers of vaccination services, particularly the influenza vaccine, to the community. 

This course reviews the pathophysiology, incidence, and associated morbidity and mortality of influenza infection in Australia, lists the patient groups who are at risk of influenza infection and those who are eligible to receive the influenza vaccine under the National Immunisation Program.

The course also addresses the public health benefits of influenza vaccine and the role herd immunity plays in its efficacy, common myths and arguments against vaccination and the common reasons for not vaccinating against influenza.

It also describes how pharmacists can overcome some of these barriers.

In Australia, an average of 85 deaths and approximately 4,000 hospitalisations which can be directly attributed to influenza are notified annually.1

This activity has been accredited for 1 hour of Group 1 CPD (or 1 CPD credits), suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 1 hour of Group 2 CPD (or 2 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.   

To enrol in this course pharmacists can visit www.myCPD.org.au, or contact Guild Learning and Development on 03 9810 9930 or email learninganddevelopment@guild.org.au for more information.

This education resource was produced independently by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia with an unrestricted educational grant from Seqirus. While Seqirus has had the opportunity to review this resource, it has not determined the content, and responsibility for the resource remains with the Pharmacy Guild.

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