Retail pharmacists see few drawbacks to providing flu shots at your local pharmacy

bigstock-pharmacy-sign-5867596Direct from the Pharmacist Crowd: What do you see as the major drawbacks to people receiving flu shots at their local pharmacy?

Last year, about 20% of adults received their flu shots at a retail pharmacy. This number is up from the previous year and expected to grow again this year. With this growth rate in mind, InCrowd asked 150 retail pharmacists a series of questions regarding the 2013-2014 flu season.

Question #1: Why don’t people get flu shots?

Question #2: What do you see as the major benefits to people receiving flu shots at their local pharmacy?

Question #3: What do you see as the major drawback to people receiving flu shots at their local pharmacy?

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Nearly half of the pharmacists surveyed (44%) see no drawbacks to providing flu shots at local retail pharmacies.

Other drawbacks identified include:

  • Less privacy, less professional setting 31/150, 20.6%
  • Managing and preventing adverse events 29/150, 19.3%
  • Disruption in continuity of care with PCP 14/150, 9.3%

Next question Direct from the Pharmacist Crowd: What level of severity do you predict for the 2013 – 2014 flu season? 

Interested in conducting market research with pharmacists? Drop us a line, we have Crowds of US and international based pharmacists working in both the retail and hospital setting. These pharmacists are pre-screened and have opted-in to answer questions in real time.

This post originally appeared on CROWDTalk

Convenience rules when it comes to getting your flu shot

bigstock-Flu-shot-sign-7690593Direct from the Pharmacist Crowd: What do you see as the major benefits to people receiving flu shots at their local pharmacy?

Pharmacists play an important role in our overall health, especially during flu season. Meijer, a chain of Midwest retail stores, anticipates its pharmacists will administer 40% more flu shots this season than last. Why, due to the convenience of walk-in pharmacy services. To highlight the role of the pharmacist, InCrowd asked 150 retail pharmacists a series of questions regarding the 2013-2014 flu season.

Question #1: Why don’t people get flu shots?

Question #2: What do you see as the major benefits to people receiving flu shots at their local pharmacy?

The benefits identified by the surveyed pharmacists fit nicely under the umbrella of convenience and could very easily play a role in more people getting their flu shots at retail pharmacies.

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  • 90% of surveyed pharmacists identified convenience as main benefit of getting flu shot at a retail pharmacy
    • Easy access, offered at many pharmacies and stores 78/150
    • No appointment needed 33/150
    • Fast with minimal wait time 24/150

Next question Direct from the Pharmacist Crowd: What do you see as the major drawbacks to people receiving flu shots at their local pharmacy?

Interested in gathering similar market intelligence with pharmacists? Drop us a line, we have Crowds of US and international based pharmacists working in both the retail and hospital setting. These pharmacists are pre-screened and have opted-in to answer questions in real time.

This post originally appeared on CROWDTalk

Haven’t had your flu shot, see your local pharmacist

bigstock-Get-Flu-Shot-36237892Direct from the Pharmacist Crowd: Why people don’t get flu shots

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services flu season begins in fall and peaks around January and February. Being mid October we’re just ramping up for the 2013-2014 flu season.

How can you and your family stay healthy during flu season? The Center for Disease Control (CDC) tells us getting a flu shot is your best option for preventing the flu. They recommends flu shots for everyone 6 months and older and tells us the flu vaccine reduces your odds of getting the flu by 70% to 90%.

InCrowd asked 150 retail based pharmacists from across the United States a series of questions related to the 2013-2014 flu season. The first question that came to our mind… why don’t people get flu shots?

According the pharmacists we surveyed, there are three main reasons people don’t get flu shots:

Top 3 reasons

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Reason #1: Believe the flu shot will give them the flu and make them sick: 82/150, 54.7%

Reason #2: No need for a flu shot, never get sick: 32/150, 21.3%

Reason #3: Fear and misconceptions around the benefits of the flu shot: 23/150, 15.4%

Next question Direct from the Pharmacist Crowd: What do you see as the major benefits to people receiving flu shots at their local pharmacy?

Interested in getting market feedback from pharmacists? Drop us a line, we have Crowds of US and international based pharmacists working in both the retail and hospital setting. These pharmacists are pre-screened and have opted-in to answer questions in real time.

This post originally appeared on CROWDTalk.