General Description and Overview
Travel health is a profitable way to grow your immunization program and thereby expand your portfolio of pharmacy services. Having a travel health program can easily build reach within the pharmacy and is a tool to provide more opportunities for marketing. Pharmacists can offer services both before and after the patient’s travels to ensure quality of care and to achieve maximum opportunities to make medication recommendations. Payment in the form of consultation fees can be incorporated with fees for vaccine administration.
Offering travel immunizations can also be an excellent segway into introducing the importance of vaccines to patients and increase receptivity to receiving other vaccines for which pharmacists could bill. Therefore, it is highly recommended that vaccinations be part of the travel health program. Many pharmacies have travel health clinics, expanding their scope of practice and presence in the community.
Marketing a travel vaccine service is extremely important. Physicians, local and state health departments, churches, and travel agencies can all be excellent sources of referral.
Documents/ Reporting Requirements
- Pharmacy-Based Travel Health Services
PBTHS provides an advanced competency training (ACT) program that explores the pharmacist’s role in providing travel health services. This application-based activity is the first step to successfully provide travel health services.
Program Pre-requisite: Pharmacists are required to have completed the APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program and received a certificate of achievement or have previously completed an immunization training program and are authorized to provide immunizations in the state in which they practice.
State requirements for certification
Collaborative practice agreements (state specific), protocols, standing orders
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Contact: John Beckner, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives
(703) 838-2649 or the resources below.