Doctors not necessary for vaccines, poll shows

By Bruce Japsen
Posted March 17 at 2:14 p.m.

Americans don’t seem to care whether a physician administers a vaccination in the doctor’s office.

An unofficial online poll of participants in a Tribune Web chat Thursday showed more than 80 percent prefer to get their vaccination from a pharmacist or another health professional.  Just 15 percent said they preferred getting their vaccinations from a physician.

The poll, taken during the hour-long Web chat about the changing role of the nation’s pharmacist, provides a snapshot of the national mood toward the expanding role of pharmacists and other health professionals such as nurse practitioners in providing primary medical care.

States are changing regulations to allow pharmacists to administer vaccinations for a variety of diseases and viruses and not just seasonal influenza.

According to the poll, 38 percent, or nearly two in five, said they preferred getting their vaccinations from a pharmacist.  And 46 percent said they preferred receiving their vaccination from another health care professional other than a physician or pharmacist.

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