January 30, 2014

A proposed state health department regulation that would require children up to ages 5 years and older to get an annual flu immunization and would keep those with medical exemptions out of school or day care during flu outbreaks has received opposition from the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, according to the Associated Press.

January 28, 2014

What’s at the root of most morbidity and mortality from influenza and other vaccine-preventable diseases? Under-immunization.

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.

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.

October 29, 2013

Walgreens is continuing its partnership with the Detroit Lions as the football team's official pharmacy, the two said.

October 24, 2013

Shoppers Drug Mart has announced that Deb Matthews, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, received her flu shot on Thursday from a local Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist to kick-off the flu immunization season and encourage others to get the flu shot.

September 19, 2013

Results from a nationwide survey last year revealed that adults get immunized in pharmacies more frequently than anywhere else, other than physician offices. This should come as no surprise considering the convenient hours, ease of access and frequency of visits to pharmacies. But what is the legal status of pharmacy-based immunization, and what are the roles of the pharmacist?

September 19, 2013

As some of the most trusted healthcare professionals, community pharmacists and clinicians have a unique opportunity to assist and educate patients of all ages.

September 11, 2013

As I look around my part of the country, I can’t help but notice that leaves are starting to change colors, football fans of all flavors are gearing up for competition and pharmacies are stocked up with flu vaccine – ready to begin administration of the annual flu shots.

September 4, 2013

Walgreens on Wednesday partnered with the United Nations Foundation to help provide vaccines during this flu season to children in developing countries through a donation to the Foundation's Shot@Life campaign.

August 28, 2013

A consumer group is urging the Pennsylvania state legislature to increase access to vaccines for children and teenagers.

July 23, 2013

Emdeon's Gene Boerger said pharmacies are busily expanding into providing medical services, including providing basic healthcare screenings and immunization services. As a result, they are becoming healthcare providers, over and above their traditional roles. But just how well they are able to integrate within the healthcare continuum over the long term depends upon the strength of the bonds they are able to build with payers and medical providers … and those relationships are rooted in data connectivity.

July 10, 2013

Patient care is local. And at the end of the day, when the book has been written on healthcare reform that simple fact will create more opportunity for community pharmacy owners — at least the ones who are able to seize that opportunity.

July 1, 2013

As new state legislation takes effect Monday to help bring greater patient access to vaccines, Walgreens has significantly expanded vaccine availability at all of its 204 locations across Indiana, the retailer announced.

April 29, 2013

Electronic health platform Fitango is creating a three-part action plan to support childhood immunizations, the company said.

April 25, 2013

A coalition of consumers, businesses and pharmacists is promoting greater access to immunizations to mark World Immunization Week, which lasts from April 24 to 30.

March 11, 2013

Legislation proposed in Texas' state legislature would expand the range of vaccines that pharmacists can administer to children.

March 4, 2013

Automatic spending cuts stemming from the failure of Congress and the White House to reach a budget deal will likely harm the disease-preventing capabilities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a new report.

February 26, 2013

A Virginia-based pharmacy school will collaborate with an alliance of more than 22,000 pharmacies around the country to find ways to promote and increase pneumococcal vaccinations among elderly and high-risk people.

December 6, 2012

Retail pharmacy chain Rite Aid will deliver patients' immunization notifications directly to healthcare providers over the Surescripts Network for Clinical Interoperability.

November 29, 2012

Ultimately, there’s no “retail pharmacy” without the “pharmacy,” and that’s true of any store that dispenses prescription drugs — whether it’s a small independent drug store, a nationwide chain, a supermarket or a mass merchandiser. But in many respects, Rite Aid is trying to make the “pharmacy” component of that phrase just a little bit bigger.

October 25, 2012

A panel at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that pregnant women get vaccinated for whooping cough, the CDC said.

October 22, 2012

Recognizing the important role its community pharmacy team plays in helping people get, stay and live well, Walgreens is celebrating its more than 27,000 pharmacists and their commitment to patient care in communities nationwide during American Pharmacists Month.