June 26, 2014

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Wednesday voted to recommend a preference for using the nasal spray flu vaccine instead of the flu shot in healthy children ages 2 years to 8 years of age when it is immediately available.

June 26, 2014

CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic have announced that they are offering the pertussis vaccine at all of its locations across California as the state’s whooping cough epidemic continues.

June 19, 2014

Rite Aid has increased supplies of the whooping cough booster vaccine, Tdap, at all 578 California locations after the California Department of Public Health reported that the number of whooping cough cases in the state has reached “epidemic proportions.”

June 19, 2014

Walgreens has announced that it is now offering vaccinations that provide protection against pertussis (whooping cough) at all of its more than 600 stores throughout the California, as the California Department of Public Health is urging vaccination with the state reaching epidemic levels of reported whooping cough cases.

June 18, 2014

With public health officials calling the number of people receiving crucial immunizations woefully low, physicians and pharmacists across North America are working to get more people vaccinated.

June 18, 2014

In response to an executive order recently signed by Gov. John R. Kasich authorizing licensed pharmacists in Ohio to administer the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to patients, all of the more than 250 Walgreens pharmacies and 35 Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens throughout Ohio are now offering MMR vaccinations daily with no appointment necessary.

June 17, 2014

The California Department of Public Health announced that the number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases in the state has become an epidemic, with 3,458 cases of pertussis reported since June 10.

June 17, 2014

Novartis on Tuesday announced that it had submitted a biologic license application to the Food and Drug Administration for marketing approval for the use of Bexsero.

June 11, 2014

Responding to the recent outbreaks of mumps and measles in Ohio, Gov. John R. Kasich has signed an executive order authorizing licensed pharmacists to administer the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine to patients ages 18 years and older.

June 10, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday signed executive order 2014-04K authorizing licensed pharmacists to administer the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to individuals 18 years and older in order to provide those adults who have not yet received this vaccination with additional opportunities to obtain the MMR vaccine.

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.

June 6, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated a health advisory, recommending an inactivated poliovirus booster for adults traveling to countries with an active wild polio virus in circulation.

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 8, 2014

Conventional wisdom holds that when the risk of catching a disease is high, people are more likely to get vaccinated to protect themselves. This may not be the case, however, according to a study presented May 5 at the Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting.

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.

April 25, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday reported that vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and more than 700,000 deaths among children born in the last two decades.

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 26, 2014

Recent measles outbreaks in New York City and California have many healthcare professionals concerned for their patients. According to the Center for Disease Control, measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000, with only an average of 60 cases of measles reported each year. But in 2013, that number increased to 189 cases.

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%).

March 14, 2014

The American Pharmacists Association has completed its 2013 Pharmacy-based Influenza and Adult Immunization Survey and found an increase in the administration of numerous vaccines by pharmacists, a growing network of patient referral relationships and steps being taken toward improved documentation practices, the Association has announced.

February 26, 2014

The annual ritual of visiting a doctor's office or health clinic to receive a flu shot may soon be outdated, thanks to the findings of a new study published in the journal Vaccine.

February 24, 2014

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

February 21, 2014

Only one-third of adults between the ages of 18 and 64 have gotten their flu shot this season, which is a contributing factor to why this year's flu activity has hit young adults particularly hard, according to Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

February 18, 2014

While flu activity declined slightly from the week prior, incidence of influenza-like illness rates remained above the national baseline for the week ended Feb. 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.