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.
- Implementation Guide (CE)
- Program Forms
Certifications and Training
- APhA's Advanced Competency Training Program
- Yellow Fever Certification Course
- State required certifications
Immunization Beyond Flu
Justin Wilson, PharmD
- CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit
- CDC Pink Book
- WHO Website
- Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommendations
- IDSA Guidelines on The Practice of Travel Health
- CDC list of Travel Health Kit Essentials
- International Society of Travel Medicine
- U.S. Embassies
- CDC on Travel Health
Contact: John Beckner, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives
(703) 838-2649 or the resources below.