Developing Beliefs that Support Vaccination: Results from the Pharmacists’ Pneumonia Prevention Program


INTRODUCTION Invasive pneumococcal disease causes an estimated 18,000 deaths per year in adults 65 years old and older. Despite pneumococcal vaccine (PV) availability, 36% of African Americans reported ever receiving PV vs. 62% non-Hispanic whites. African Americans are at risk for decreased trust in the healthcare system due to historical incidences of racism, prejudice, and discriminatory practices. Consequently, older African Americans may be at risk for decreased use of preventative care services. OBJECTIVE To evaluate if a pharmacist-delivered educational intervention delivered through senior centers can positively impact older African Americans’ beliefs about pneumococcal vaccination.

Poster presentation at the 21st Annual International Meeting of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.