NACDS Engages State Legislators in Flu Vaccination Awareness Campaign

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National pharmacy group is highly visible this week at National Conference of State Legislatures Base Camp 2020 to provide communications tools; National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations contributes leadership to flu vaccination initiative

NACDS wants to help and encourage state legislators to convey to their constituents the critical importance of getting the flu vaccination. It is especially important this year to help prevent a two-front public health war with flu and COVID-19.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) this week are encouraging state legislators to help sustain the momentum behind a critical public health message: getting the flu vaccination this year is critical to prevent a perfect storm of flu and COVID-19 that could harm patients and communities.

NACDS sees an ideal match between pharmacies – located within five miles of 90 percent of Americans – and state legislators who also provide a localized voice and leadership on pivotal issues. As a result, NACDS will be highly visible at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Base Camp 2020, a new online experience to be held September 15-17. The event includes sessions on top issues that state legislatures must face, including the budget, economy, transportation, energy and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“NACDS wants to help and encourage state legislators to convey to their constituents the critical importance of getting the flu vaccination. It is especially important this year to help prevent a two-front public health war with flu and COVID-19,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, FASAE, CAE, IOM. “Localizing this message is very important and the leadership of state legislators who are close to their communities can make a real difference. Pharmacists, who are among the most trusted and accessible healthcare professionals and who serve as the face of neighborhood healthcare, are here to help.”

NACDS has released English and Spanish video ads designed to spread that critical public health message. An online toolkit makes it easy for patient groups, allied healthcare associations, businesses, government, and others to sign up as partners and to use the ads, polling data, social media resources and more. NACDS also is spreading the word through interviews on television and radio stations across the country.

NASPA, whose mission is to enhance the success of state pharmacy associations in their efforts to advance the profession of pharmacy, is contributing its leadership to flu-vaccination communications.

“As partners in public health, state pharmacy associations are encouraging all pharmacists to actively engage with and educate their patients on the importance of getting a flu shot based on CDC recommendations. Pharmacists are the most accessible health care providers for flu shots and great resources for information on all recommended vaccines and other public health needs across the lifespan,” said NASPA Executive Vice President/CEO Rebecca P. Snead, RPh, CAE, FAPhA.

Today’s news follows NACDS’ initial flu-vaccination campaign launch that included the CDC Foundation and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. It also follows last week’s announcement that the Howard University College of Pharmacy and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are collaborating in the effort to help reach Black and Hispanic Americans who are among those affected by healthcare disparities.

More information is available at NACDS.org/COVID-19.

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