Pharmacist Grant Available: Promoting Influenza Prevention

June 21, 2011

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Foundation is offering a grant of $25,000 to develop a demonstration project focusing on the pharmacist’s role in promoting seasonal influenza vaccination of healthcare workers.

Each year in the United States, an estimated 20 percent of the population gets influenza. While most people recover without complications, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and about 36,000 people die. Influenza vaccination is the most effective tool to prevent those deaths. It is estimated that only 42 percent of health care personnel in the United States receive a yearly influenza vaccination, even though healthcare worker immunization has been identified as a critical strategy in protecting patients from exposure.

The demonstration project should focus on programs advancing seasonal influenza vaccination of healthcare workers during the 2011/2012 influenza season. The project should also incorporate resources from ASHP’s Stop the Flu — It Starts With You resources.

One $25,000 grant will be awarded to pharmacist investigators for “specific practice-based research related to the pharmacist’s role in promoting vaccination against seasonal influenza.” The grant is not intended for long-term support of research programs.

Further information and applications are available from the ASHP website.

The deadline for applications is July 1, 2011.

 

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