December 5, 2011

As many as 111 million Americans had gotten a flu shot by mid-November, representing 36% of the 305 million Americans over the age of 6 months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in a media telebriefing Monday afternoon.

December 5, 2011

In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week from Dec. 4 to 10, CVS/pharmacy and its in-store health clinic business, MinuteClinic, are reminding families to "vaccinate before they celebrate" the holidays and receive their annual flu shot before the flu season peaks.

December 5, 2011

Rite Aid is responding to a flu vaccination campaign by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by lowering prices on flu vaccinations, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

December 2, 2011

Under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the Food and Drug Administration has given tentative approval to a generic HIV and AIDS drug made by Mylan, the company said.

December 1, 2011

Cases of whooping cough have been increasing in the Milwaukee area, according to published reports.

November 30, 2011

A new survey from Dannon released Wednesday revealed that Americans are more familiar than ever with probiotics.

November 30, 2011

Despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending that most people get flu shots, many members of the public remain skeptical, according to a new survey by Vitals.com.

November 30, 2011

Walgreens on Wednesday announced it is offering more than $10 million worth of free flu shot vouchers to Americans without health insurance coverage.

November 21, 2011

A hand and respiratory hygiene program including frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer helped reduce illness caused by influenza A, and reduced the number of missed school days in elementary school children, according to a study in the November issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

November 18, 2011

Citi Investment Research & Analysis is projecting that the peak of flu season may occur beyond last season's peak of January/February, a factor that may place a negative drag on retail same-store sales results over first quarter 2012.

November 10, 2011

Walgreens now has certified more than 500 of its pharmacies as HIV Centers of Excellence in communities highly impacted by HIV, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the pharmacy operator announced Thursday at the U.S. Conference on AIDS.

November 9, 2011

According to the most recent consumer snapshot survey by Interclick, 42% of Americans are planning to be immunized this year.

November 7, 2011

CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic has prepared all of its Texas-based clinics for an increased demand for the meningococcal vaccine for bacterial meningitis following a bill signed into law last May, whereby Texas will become the first state in the country to require that all college students receive one dose or booster of the meningococcal vaccine for bacterial meningitis.

November 7, 2011

The Magic Johnson Foundation on Monday initiated Point Forward Day, marking 20 years to the date that Johnson announced his HIV status and subsequent retirement from the National Basketball Association.

November 4, 2011

Skin care is hot, but Dairyface is cool — so cool that it lives in the fridge. Dairyface is a new line of yogurt-based products that incorporate the nutritional benefits of milk to nourish skin cells.

November 4, 2011

I know this older guy at my gym — I call him “The Professor,” mostly because he used to teach journalism, but also because it’s more fun to say and easier to remember than his actual name.

October 31, 2011

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and health commissioner Thomas Farley received their seasonal flu vaccine on Saturday at a Duane Reade pharmacy in the Bronx, demonstrating the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus.

October 27, 2011

Drug makers Bristol-Myers Squibb and Gilead Sciences announced an agreement to develop and commercialize a fixed-dose combination treatment for patients with HIV.

October 27, 2011

An experimental vaccine for hepatitis B made by Dynavax Technologies appears to work better in patients with diabetes than current treatments, the company said.

October 26, 2011

The California Pharmacists Association and PrescribeWellness have launched a partnership designed to boost flu vaccination rates, the CPhA said Wednesday.

October 26, 2011

Winn-Dixie has expanded its flu shot options by offering the Fluzone Intradermal vaccination at its in-store pharmacies.

October 25, 2011

An advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that all boys ages 11 and 12 years old get vaccinated against human papillomavirus, the CDC said Tuesday.

October 24, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued guidance regarding the use of injector devices to administer flu vaccines to patients.

October 21, 2011

This year’s jump in measles in the United States and Canada was costly and occurred among unvaccinated children and adults, suggested several studies being presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America here Thursday.