Based on the increase of the cases of flu nationwide, legislation has been approved in many states that would allow pharmacist to give flu shots. It was recommended that the pharmacist had to undergo an approved course which will enable them carry out the task effectively. Due to that, the number of people who qualify to give flu shots increased tremendously and they were widely distributed all over the different states. The trained pharmacists were allowed to immunize people who were 18 years and older. This action would allow at least 50,000 New York City residents to receive the shots a practice that was already adopted in 47 states.
Nurse practitioners and doctors undergo thorough training on how to treat and give various medications to the patients. They are also taught how to give vaccines but they usually delegate this task to nurses. At this point, they act as overseers ensuring nothing goes wrong with the medication process.A nurse practitioner salary depends on the type of education received, their specialty, metropolitan area, their specific industry and their State. On average nurse practitioners were found to earn between $45,600-$93,600 annually. Family doctors are usually paid depending on the type of family they are taking care of, and their location and it ranges between $140,122-$232,599 annually.
Registered nurses carry out several activities in the hospital setting including taking care of patients, treating them, overseeing treatments, and storing and administering vaccines. These nurses have been trained on proper handling and storage of vaccines to ensure that they are not interfered with in any way. There are specific conditions that each vaccine should be kept at for proper storage practices. In administering vaccines, special training is given to these nurses to avoid any side effects after treatment. Nurse practitioners carry out various responsibilities and are well rewarded with their good salary of averagely $86,400-$111,900 annually.
When pharmacists were allowed to give vaccines, doctors and nurses were up in arms against it saying that it will increase reliability on their side with the would be increased cases of side-effects after the treatment. Their concern was put to rest when they were informed that all pharmacists would undergo an approved course before they are allowed to give the vaccines. As a matter of fact, the exercise is doing well as it has enabled more people access immediate health care and treatment. Pharmacists average annual salary was $116,670 by 2012. Pharmacists must be licensed and have a Doctor of Pharmacy to carry out his practice.
Allowing pharmacists give vaccines to residents has had a great impact on the general population health as several diseases have been able to be controlled and maintained. Drug stores exist in almost every neighborhood which is not the same case with the hospitals or clinics, therefore, by providing vaccines, a large population is catered for in terms of health matters. Pharmacists who generally earn much more than nurses get to dispense some of their services much more cheaply. While this doesn’t make perfect sense from a salary-paid point of view, it does make sense in the end because only the pharmacist is involved in administering the flu shot. At a doctors office, each service provided (including vaccines) must support the salaries of many registered nurses and, likely, nurse practitioners. Compare paying the salary of one pharmacist versus 5 registered nurses, and you’ll see where the cost efficiency comes in!
Diseases like flu, pneumonia and influenza that used to kill more than 2,000 New yorkers annually have been reduced to manageable levels due to the wide spread of health services. This was effected by thinking that if the vaccines were easily available, then it would be easy for an individual to get one.Pharmacists are trained specialists who understand all about medications and now vaccination has been added to their list.Read More