Nothing screams “time for a vacation” quite like two years of lockdowns and pandemic living. And in the midst of summer, many of your patients are sure to be heading off on a weekend getaway. Regardless of the destination, your patients can face various travel health risks, and community pharmacists are uniquely positioned to impact their patients’ travel health with preventative care services.
And it starts well before take-off.
Add travel health to the menu
On the growing menu of clinical services, it is important to not overlook (or underestimate) the impact a travel health program has on growing your pharmacy’s business through various revenue-generating opportunities—all while keeping your patients healthy. In addition to expanding the pharmacist’s scope of practice, a travel clinic also elevates your pharmacy’s presence in the community and is a great preventative care feature to market to your patients.
Patient travel health can start behind the counter
Health situations abroad can be dynamic and fluid—and that’s even before accounting for a global pandemic. This makes pharmacist-led travel consultations the perfect opportunity to alert your patients to any new and important health risks, as well as to develop a game plan to ensure safe travel.
Pharmacists can also play a key role in maintaining medication adherence by ensuring patients have all of the medication they need to last their whole trip, and work with prescribers should any additional prescriptions be required. Even simply providing patients with advice on over-the-counter products for common travel ailments like motion sickness, diarrhea, and insect bites can be part of a successful travel health program.
PrescribeWellness solutions—your partner in travel health
The central and most important piece of a successful travel health program is immunizations. Travel vaccines not only protect against outbreaks in a particular destination, but they also serve as the perfect complement to your year-round vaccination program by organically introducing patients to the importance of other routine CDC-recommended vaccines, such as measles, and mumps and rubella, varicella, influenza, and COVID-19.
This is why the PrescribeWellness vaccination solution provides end-to-end immunization support that will help your pharmacy implement and sustain an effective year-round vaccination program and aid in patient travel health.
The Vaccination tool helps your practice capitalize on opportunities by quickly identifying prime candidates for a variety of immunizations across your patient population. The PrescribeWellness solution even provides documentation support with automated reporting processes for administered vaccinations to state immunization information systems (IIS). Plus, with the Patient Communications tool, your staff can engage these candidates with targeted voice and text messages.
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