Pharmacytimes: Condition Center: Flu Flu en-us Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:40:46 UTC Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:40:46 UTC What Is the Efficacy of the Flu Vaccine This Year? Annual vaccination against seasonal influenza is recommended for all persons aged &ge;6 months.&nbsp; 2:04 PM, Tue February 21, 2017 Time and Education Are Key in Improving Flu Vaccine Uptake in Older Patients All over the United States, outpatient clinics and emergency rooms are inundated with patients who report fever, chills, and cough all winter.&nbsp; 8:00 AM, Tue January 31, 2017 CDC Calls for Improvement in Vaccination Rates Among Pregnant Women A new CDC report assesses factors that influence pregnant women&rsquo;s adherence to vaccination coverage recommendations.&nbsp;&nbsp; 8:00 AM, Fri January 20, 2017 Seize the Moment Now to Discuss Vaccines Vaccines are extremely topical, with&nbsp;questions routinely being asked, particularly during the winter season.&nbsp; 8:21 AM, Sun January 15, 2017 Global Influenza Activity Update The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued its global 2015&ndash;2016 influenza season summary.&nbsp; 11:03 AM, Wed December 28, 2016 Studies in Virology Every Pharmacist Should Know Over the years, a number of landmark clinical studies in virology have been published, shaping how we treat the disease today. 10:35 PM, Tue December 27, 2016 Flu Shots Are A Must for Those With Diabetes Hospitalization and death is more likely among individuals with diabetes when they contract influenza than when healthy individuals do, and so influenza vaccination uptake is an important area of scrutiny.&nbsp; 8:00 AM, Tue December 27, 2016 Protecting Seniors Against Flu: A Different Approach Needed? Persistent vaccine-induced immunity through the typical cold weather, high risk period, and into the subsequent seasons is important in areas with year-round influenza activity.&nbsp; 5:00 AM, Wed December 21, 2016 Low Vaccination Rates? Try The 4 Pillars Healthy People 2020, the national health promotion and disease intervention initiative, set the goal influenza vaccination rate in the community at 70%. Despite this goal, reports show that vaccination rates are way under expectations at 44%.<br /> &nbsp; 10:13 AM, Mon December 19, 2016 Flu Vaccination During Pregnancy Not Linked to Autism Risk, Study Finds Flu vaccinations during pregnancy do not seem to increase risk of autism spectrum disorders in children, according to a report published in <em>JAMA Pediatrics</em>. 8:51 AM, Thu December 1, 2016 FluLaval Quadrivalent Receives Expanded Indication Officials with GlaxoSmithKline have received approval from the FDA&rsquo;s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research to expand the indication for FluLaval Quadrivalent to include use in children aged 6 months and older. 8:00 AM, Wed November 30, 2016 4 Complementary and Alternative Medicines for the Flu Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection that affects the respiratory passages causing symptoms such as fever, severe aching, running nose, and cough. According to the CDC, the flu viruses spread mainly by droplets dispersing when flu-infected patients cough, talk, or sneeze. 10:43 PM, Tue November 22, 2016 Consider CMV Serostatus When Recommending Flu Vaccine in Senior Patients Older people who have cytomegalovirus (CMV, &beta;-herpesvirus HHV5) seem to have less robust responses to the trivalent influenza vaccine than those who do not have CMV. 2:26 PM, Mon November 21, 2016 Missed the Shot, Got the Flu, Now What? With peak flu season approaching, pharmacists are gearing up to help care for patients infected with influenza.<br /> &nbsp; 12:55 PM, Wed November 9, 2016 2-Dose Influenza in Kids: We Must Do Better The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends all children aged 6 months through 8 years receive 2 influenza vaccine doses during their first vaccination season to ensure adequate immune response.&nbsp; 11:47 AM, Fri November 4, 2016 3 Holiday Health Tips The holiday season is a great time for pharmacists to educate patients on ways to stay healthy. 9:53 PM, Thu November 3, 2016 FDA Approves FluBlok Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine The FDA has approved its quadrivalent formulation of Protein Sciences’ Flublok influenza vaccine for protection against 4 strains of influenza―3 of the same strains found in its trivalent version, along with an additional B strain. It is the first high-antigen-content quadrivalent flu vaccine approved by the FDA. 3:22 AM, Thu October 13, 2016 Potential for Flu Pandemic Puts Pharmacists on Alert When an influenza pandemic breaks out, public health officials scurry to vaccinate as many individuals as they can. 8:00 AM, Mon October 10, 2016 Pharmacists Should Use Data Systems to Achieve Immunization Goals Pharmacists immunize populations unlikely to otherwise receive vaccines. However, incompatible data systems obscure evidence of vaccination receipt and increase the risk of repetitive vaccination. 8:00 AM, Tue October 4, 2016 Should Seniors Wait to Receive the Flu Shot? Pharmacists who launched marketing campaigns for flu shots in late summer may have jumped the gun for their older patients. 8:00 AM, Mon September 26, 2016