Pharmacists can boost childhood vax rates

Integrating pharmacists into medical clinics can help improve childhood vaccination rates, research suggests.

Patients are less likely to miss out on a due vaccination when software alerts are backed by a pharmacist review of their medical records, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.

The risk a doctor would overlook an opportunity to vaccinate doubles when they rely on clinical decision support alerts alone.

One reason for this is “alert fatigue”, report the researchers.

They compared 504 patient