Immunization

The Pharmacy Times® Immunization resource center provides the latest news in immunization. Here, you’ll find information about upcoming conferences and meetings, updated clinical trial listings, and other resources for those interested in vaccination.

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Previously, vaccination was not recommended for patients in a certain age range, as there was no demonstrated benefit to HPV vaccination; however, this is about to change.
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Louisiana and Nevada show the highest flu activity in the first monthly report from the Walgreens Flu Index for October, which shows increased incidence of the flu compared with last year.
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According to a study by PMR, the global flu vaccine market is projected to account for a market value of approximately $8 billion by the end of 2029. Increasing vaccination rates and a focus on preventive rather than reactive methods are expected to drive the growth of the market.
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Officials from the FDA have cleared an investigational new drug (IND) application for BW-1010 (BlueWillow Biologics), according to the company. The drug would be the company’s next-generation anthrax vaccine candidate.
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According to investigators at the National Institutes of Health, a single dose of highly diluted VSV-Ebola virus (EBOV) vaccine is still protective against the disease.
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Pharmacists play an important role in educating patients about the importance of vaccinations and the health consequences of refusing them.
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The FDA approved Jynneos (Bavarian Nordic) as the first live, nonreplicating vaccine to prevent smallpox and monkeypox.
 
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A recent study suggests that vaccination rates in some Texas schools are low enough to allow for large measles outbreaks, but limiting vaccine exemptions could decrease this risk. Vaccine exemptions, which allow unvaccinated children to attend school, have increased by a factor of 28 since 2003 in Texas.
 
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Our pharmacist team at Osterhaus Pharmacy has been providing immunizations to our patients for the past 2 decades. However, in the past 3 years we have become more proactive in our approach to discussing immunizations.
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Life-saving vaccines have had a profound impact in this country and worldwide. According to the CDC, from 2006 to 2017, almost 3.5 billion doses of vaccines were distributed in the United States.
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The goal of the Healthy People initiative is to “provide science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.” 
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Ironically, it is often during times when vaccine-preventable disease rates are lowest that public opposition to them is most pervasive, and this certainly seems to be the case with contemporary antivaccination movements in the United States.
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