Pharmacytimes: Condition Center: Flu Flu en-us Sun, 02 Aug 2015 06:31:21 UTC Sun, 02 Aug 2015 06:31:21 UTC 6 Things to Remember for the Upcoming Flu Season Last year’s flu vaccine efficacy was less than desirable, so pharmacists may have to work harder this year to encourage patients to get immunized again. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:00:00 UTC High-Dose Flu Vaccine Deemed Safe in Elderly Developing more effective influenza vaccines for the elderly, who are often hit hardest when infected, has been a research focus for decades. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:28:00 UTC Pharmacists Can Provide Child Flu Shots in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania pharmacists can provide flu shots to children under a new law signed by Governor Tom Wolf. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:00:00 UTC Pharmacists Could Soon Offer Child Flu Shots in Pennsylvania Pharmacists in Pennsylvania are one step closer to administering flu shots to children, thanks to legislation passed by state lawmakers. Mon, 08 Jun 2015 03:34:00 UTC Flu Shot Rates Suboptimal in High-Risk Kids Even though kids with neurological disorders are at high risk for flu-related complications, they are no more likely to receive annual flu vaccination than healthy children. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:00:00 UTC Immunization Update for Pharmacists Changes to immunization schedules, a review of this season’s flu shot, and potential vaccines in the pipeline were broached at the American Pharmacist Association’s Annual Meeting and Exposition session on immunizations. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:05:00 UTC Walgreens Allowed to Fire Pharmacist for Refusing to Give Flu Vaccine Walgreens’ firing of a pharmacist who refused to administer flu vaccines on moral grounds was within the pharmacy giant’s rights, according to a federal judge. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:00:00 UTC Low Flu Vaccination Rate Seen Among Nursing Home Staff New research reports that the influenza vaccination rate among nursing home staff is only 54%, which may jeopardize their patients’ health. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 03:00:00 UTC New Clue to Fighting the Flu New research findings on the pathogen behind the flu could increase the effectiveness of influenza immunization programs. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:56:00 UTC Latest CDC Flu Stats Show Bad Influenza Season Flu activity continued to worsen throughout the United States in the final week of 2014. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 04:00:53 UTC Pharmacies Nationwide Seeing Tamiflu Shortages Pharmacies across the country are seeing a shortage in a product many patients use as a defense against the flu. Sun, 04 Jan 2015 12:59:43 UTC Text Reminders Help More Children Get Second Dose of Flu Vaccine A new study out of the Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Medical Center has found that text message reminders increase the chances that children will receive their second dose of the influenza vaccine. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 12:48:01 UTC Frail Seniors Fare Better with High-Dose Flu Vaccine Long-term care residents benefit more from the high-dose flu vaccine than the regular flu shot. Fri, 26 Dec 2014 01:37:23 UTC When It Comes to the Flu, Ferrets Mirror Humans On the surface, similarities between ferrets and humans are hard to find. However, a new study published in Nature Communications reveals why the 2 mammal species share a similar susceptibility to influenza A virus strains. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 01:25:45 UTC CDC Urges Immediate Vaccination for Forthcoming Severe Flu Season In light of new data that shows the 2014-2015 flu season could be severe, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging immediate influenza vaccination for all unvaccinated individuals, as well as prompt antiviral drug treatment for those who develop flu and have a high risk of complications. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:21 UTC Flu Severity Varies by Virus Subtype Certain flu virus subtypes have more potential to cause severe illness than others, according to a new study published in mBio. For that reason, avian influenza viruses that express the more dangerous subtypes should be monitored closely to prevent the spread of severe disease. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:01:01 UTC Automated Flu Vaccination Tracking Increases Immunization Rates Tracking influenza vaccination among health care personnel through an automated system enhances their immunization compliance while reducing their administrative burden. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:36:52 UTC Tests to Speed Flu Detection Advance in Development Tests that may help health care professionals diagnose influenza more quickly and accurately have received support from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:12:01 UTC Updated Guidelines for Protecting Children From Flu In many cases, children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years should receive 2 doses of the influenza vaccine separated by a minimum of 4 weeks. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 04:12:16 UTC Influenza, Pneumococcal Coinfection Increase Ear Infection Risk Influenza boosts the ability of pneumococci to cause middle ear and throat infections. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:10:45 UTC