Low vaccination rates increase the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases, health care expenditures, and can have a significant social and economic impact on families and employers. Disease outbreaks often can be traced to localized areas of low vaccination rates. Despite the availability of disease-preventing vaccines, preventable disease can spread within communities with groups of unvaccinated people. Hospital pharmacists, working as part of an interdisciplinary team, can play a significant role not only in identifying opportunities to provide vaccinations, but also by educating patients on the value of vaccinations in disease prevention.
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