Childhood vaccination and the role of the pharmacist

  • Hannelie (JC) Meyer Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Languta Angela Khosa Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Sandra Nhira Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Lebogang Chiloane Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Mncengeli Sibanda Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Marione Schönfeldt Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Rosemary J Burnett Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Keywords: vaccination, immunisation, childhood, vaccine preventable diseases, pharmacist

Abstract

Vaccines are considered as one of the greatest advances in medical history, improving the lives of people, preventing disability and saving lives. Every year an estimated two to three million deaths are prevented through vaccination against life threatening diseases that disproportionately affect children. This article attempts to give an overview of the childhood vaccines available in South Africa, and the pharmacist’s role in vaccination, with a special focus on the promotion of immunisation, safe immunisation administration, vaccine cold chain, and vaccine safety.

Author Biographies

Hannelie (JC) Meyer, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm, MSc(Med) Pharmacy, PhD (Pharmacy) Associate Professor Department of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Languta Angela Khosa, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm School of Pharmacy Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Sandra Nhira, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm School of Pharmacy Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Lebogang Chiloane, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm School of Pharmacy Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Mncengeli Sibanda, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
School of Pharmacy Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University; and South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Marione Schönfeldt, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm School of Pharmacy Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Rosemary J Burnett, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University; and Department of Virology School of Medicine Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Published
2018-09-04
Section
Reviews