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Report: ACIP recommends FluMist over traditional flu shot for healthy children ages 2 years to 8 years

According to a report from the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously to recommend that healthy children between the ages of 2 years and 8 years be inoculated with a live attenuated influenza vaccine like FluMist, as opposed to the traditional flu shot. 

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ONC this fall to raise awareness around the Blue Button Initiative

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology this fall will launch a consumer outreach campaign Sept. 15 through Oct. 6 to raise awareness around the national Blue Button Initiative, a public-private partnership that seeks to give consumers easy and secure access to their health records from a variety of sources in a format they can use. 

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CDC: Opioid prescribing varies widely by state

Health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012 — many more in some states than in others — according to a Vital Signs report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that highlights the danger of overdose.