Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Update

Cheryl Lau, PharmD Candidate Class of 2021; Hayden Carrion, PharmD Candidate Class of 2021; Michele Pisano, PharmD, BCGP, CDE; Carmela Avena-Woods, BS Pharm, PharmD, BCGP


US Pharmacist. 2020;45(9):17-20. 

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Role of the Pharmacist

One pivotal role of a pharmacist is that of immunizer. With their extensive knowledge of the available vaccines, pharmacists serve as one of the most accessible healthcare professionals who can provide necessary information that will guide patients in making informed choices regarding vaccinations. Pharmacists can screen all patients, identify the need for the vaccine, and administer or refer the patient to another immunizer. Community pharmacists have the opportunity to ensure adherence by administering vaccines directly. Currently, the majority of states in the U.S. have pharmacists authorized to administer the HPV vaccine. They are able to address the concerns or fears of patients and parents by providing them with the facts. Pharmacists can discuss the benefits and risks of the HPV vaccine. Advising patients of their risk of infection and encouraging them to accept the immunizations can improve immunization rates. Pharmacists can consult with patients regarding the HPV vaccine face to face, by telephone, or by mail; awareness of the vaccine's availability can also be increased with inserts attached to prescriptions.