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AAP updates flu vaccination recommendations

BY Michael Johnsen

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. — The American Academy of Pediatrics on Tuesday recommended annual trivalent seasonal influenza immunization for all individuals ages 6 months and older, including all children, adolescents and young adults.

The updated policy statement, “Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2012-2013” published in the October 2012 issue of Pediatrics, includes guidance on vaccine formulations, dosing and administration, as well as current treatment guidance for antiviral medications.

According to the AAP, special efforts should be made to vaccinate people in the following groups: children who have chronic medical conditions that increase their risk of influenza complications, such as asthma, diabetes and immunosuppression or neurologic disorders; family members and others who are in contact with children with high-risk conditions and children under age 5 (especially children under 6 months of age); all healthcare personnel and women who are pregnant, are considering pregnancy, have just delivered or are breast-feeding during influenza season.


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Pacific Natural Foods introduces holiday line

BY DSN STAFF

TUALATIN, Ore. — Pacific Natural Foods has launched a new line of classic holiday accompaniments, designed to make holiday meal prep a snap.

The new holiday collection includes organic pumpkin puree, organic turkey gravy, organic whole berry sauce and jellied cranberry sauce. All products in the holiday line are packaged in BPA-free Tetra Recart cartons to ensure freshness. What’s more, the organic pumpkin puree and organic whole berry and jellied cranberry sauces are vegan and gluten free.

"Our broths and condensed soups have been a trusted part of holiday meals for years," Pacific Natural Foods VP marketing Kevin Tisdale said. "We know consumers are looking for convenience without sacrificing quality. Since we make these holiday classics like you’d make them at home and pack them in BPA-free packaging, we’re able to deliver both. The next best thing truly is homemade."

The organic pumpkin puree carries a suggested retail price of $3.69 per 16-oz. carton; the organic turkey gravy carries a suggested retail price of $2.99 per 13.9-oz. carton and the organic whole berry and jellied cranberry sauces carry a suggested retail price of $3.99 per 15.6-oz. carton.

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SoloHealth brings together veteran executive team in preparation for national kiosk launch

BY Michael Johnsen

 ATLANTA — SoloHealth on Wednesday named Tim Kiss to serve as VP marketing — a new position at SoloHealth — as the company prepares for its nationwide rollout of the SoloHealth Station consumer kiosk this fall. SoloHealth also named Dan Bonert to VP advertising sales, promoted Eric Hoell to VP operations and promoted Stephen Kendig to EVP and chief commercial officer.

"It’s a privilege and an inspiration to work alongside Tim, Dan, Eric, Stephen, as well as the entire SoloHealth team," SoloHealth CEO Bart Foster said. "We are extremely bullish on our product and potential in today’s healthcare landscape, as we ready to expand the kiosks to thousands of new retail locations and strengthen our leadership team and expertise across the board."

Executives estimate more than 2,500 SoloHealth Station will be in market by mid-2013.

Kiss will oversee all the company’s consumer, trade and partner marketing and branding. A veteran digital marketing executive, Kiss joins SoloHealth from Kodak where he ran Kodak’s e-business programs for consumer and commercial product lines in North and South America. Before Kodak, Kiss held consumer and digital marketing positions at TopRight, HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Gordon Bailey & Associates.

Bonert will lead, develop and expand the company’s ad sales and sponsor partnership relationships. He joins SoloHealth from Yahoo, where he was responsible for managing and developing strategic partnerships. Bonert also has worked with WebMD and Citysearch. Additionally, he was named one of the Internet Advertising Bureau’s “Top 5 Account Executives” in 2008.

Hoell has been promoted to VP operations, where he will be responsible for all field operations, production and advertising operations for SoloHealth and the SoloHealth Station. Hoell will oversee this fall’s deployment of thousands of SoloHealth Stations nationwide and ensure the units continue to perform for consumers, retailers and advertisers. Prior to SoloHealth, Hoell held several leadership and executive positions with NCR, where he developed kiosk and point of sales software systems; Compris Technology, a subsidiary of NCR; and Horizion Software.

Kendig will be responsible for long-term revenue, growth and strategic direction of SoloHealth. As such, he will build and oversee the sales and marketing team, as well as expand the company’s retail and advertising partners. Prior to SoloHealth, Kendig worked with the eye care division of Novartis. During his time at Novartis, he managed a new product portfolio of more than $200 million, led global product launches and filed five patent disclosures.


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