August 12, 2014

Rite Aid is getting a head start on the 2014-15 cold and flu season with the announcement Tuesday that seasonal flu shots are now available at Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide. 

 

August 5, 2014

BioCSL on Tuesday announced that it has started shipping the seasonal influenza vaccine Afluria for the 2014-15 flu season.

July 16, 2014

GSK has begun shipping Fluarix Quadrivalent (influenza vaccine) doses to U.S. healthcare providers, the company annouced. This marks the first shipment of GSK's U.S. flu vaccine supply for the flu season, which follows licensing and lot-release approval from the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

July 3, 2014

Novartis on Wednesday announced that it has begun shipment of its seasonal influenza vaccines to customers in the U.S. market for the 2014-2015 season.

June 9, 2014

A report published Friday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report characterized the 2013-2014 influenza season as the first season since 2009 that H1N1 generated fewer levels of outpatient illness and mortality as compared with seasons when influenza A (H3N2) is predominant.

May 12, 2014

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that flu vaccines prevent flu-associated hospitalizations in people 65 years and older, even during seasons when vaccine effectiveness is low, the agency stated Friday.

May 6, 2014

Last winter's flu season was fairly typical of other winters over the last decade, with the prevalence of the flu and the number of people who had flu shots both fairly close to the averages for that time period, the Harris Poll reported Tuesday.

March 27, 2014

Getting a flu vaccine reduces a child’s risk of flu-related intensive care hospitalization by 74%, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published Thursday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

March 18, 2014

The highest prevalence of influenza happens among those professions that are exposed to the general public, such as real estate and rental and leasing (10.5% in this profession were at risk of flu according to a recent study published Friday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) and accommodation and food services (10.2%).

February 24, 2014

It appears this year's flu season will officially wind down toward the beginning of March.

February 18, 2014

Prevention. That’s currently one of the predominant themes in cough-cold.

February 11, 2014

In collaboration with the National Minority AIDS Council, Walgreens is furthering its commitment to improve HIV treatment outcomes for African Americans living with HIV by deepening pharmacists’ training and expanding access to the pneumococcal vaccination specifically indicated for persons living with HIV as incidents of flu and pneumonia rise, the retailer announced Tuesday.

February 4, 2014

The Wall Street Journal on Monday featured PharmaCare's Sambucol Black Elderberry product in an article titled, "Elderberry as a Flu Remedy."

January 29, 2014

Tough comparisons against a robust flu season last year and the continued lackluster economy may put a chill in pharmacy comps for the month of January, wrote Credit Suisse research analyst Ed Kelly.

January 28, 2014

The same H1N1 virus to cause a pandemic in 2009 is by far the predominant influenza virus for the 2013-2014 season. This is the first season that the H1N1 virus has circulated at high levels since the pandemic.

January 27, 2014

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's FluView report, flu activity remains high overall, but is declining in parts of the country while increasing in other parts of the country.

January 16, 2014

An analysis released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health found that only 35.7% of adults ages 18 to 64 years got the flu shot last season.

January 15, 2014

With cases of influenza rising across the Midwest, mass-merchandise retailer Meijer is participating in a new study by offering free testing for flu and strep throat at its stores in Michigan and allowing its pharmacists to dispense prescription drugs as necessary under a protocol developed by a physician who's also involved, the 204-store chain said Wednesday.

January 14, 2014

Just slightly more than one-third of adults aged 18 to 64 got a flu shot last season, compared with two-thirds of seniors and more than half of children, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health.

January 6, 2014

Rite Aid is stepping up its flu shot promotions as flu activity increases.

December 17, 2013

Consumer advocates worry that misconceptions and fears about the safety and effectiveness of flu vaccines are hindering efforts to get children vaccinated, according to a new survey.

December 13, 2013

Flu vaccination prevented an estimated 6.6 million influenza-associated illnesses, 3.2 million medically attended illnesses, and 79,000 hospitalizations during the 2012-2013 flu season, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Thursday.

December 13, 2013

Getting the flu shot prevented a flu-like illness for 6.6 million people last season, according to the CDC. In addition, it prevented 3.2 million medically attended illnesses and 79,000 hospitalizations. Not getting the flu shot can have adverse consequences, such as not going on that long-awaited vacation. According to a Walgreens survey, more than 11 million Americans had to change their vacation plans on account of the flu last year, most likely among families that didn't get their flu shots across the board.

Getting the flu shot works. But how much has being able to get that flu shot at the local retail pharmacy influenced the number of people getting a flu shot? More people are certainly taking advantage of the service. Walgreens recently reported that shots administered at pharmacies and clinics through November were more than 6.1 million versus nearly 4.6 million last year.

December 12, 2013

Pharmacists have the ability to significantly increase vaccination rates in Canada and save the healthcare system money by reducing the number of hospitalizations due to complications from the flu, according to a new report developed by Shoppers Drug Mart.