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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The CDC has reported 34800 new cancer diagnoses linked to HPV annually, and the virus is predicted to account for more than 90% of all cervical and anal cancers, more than 60% of all penile cancers, and 70% of all oral cancers.
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At the recent ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada, 3 speakers discussed new developments in influenza management.
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There Is Room for Improvement in Treating Malignancies Caused by Infectious Agents, Especially Considering the Cost Differential
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Since 2005, the CDC has enforced National Influenza Vaccination Week to emphasize the importance of continuing flu vaccination even through the winter months. Although it is the holiday season, the CDC and other organizations want to remind the general public that it is never a bad time to get your flu vaccine. Sam Nass, PharmD, MBS and Walgreens Immunizations Manager weighed in on the subject in an interview with Pharmacy Times®.
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Pharmacy team members have the amazing opportunity to help ensure that people and communities are protected with proper immunizations during influenza (flu) season and beyond, but they may struggle with identifying patients who may benefit because it can be difficult to gather information from patients.
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Perhaps no sector has benefited more from technological advancement than health care, and within that world, community pharmacy is among the biggest beneficiaries. 
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Community pharmacy-based immunization services have a proven track record for serving patients.
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Immunization needs for patients aged 19 to 64 years and afflicted with chronic conditions are often overlooked, and necessitate more attention and resources. Pharmacies traditionally do not focus on this patient population; instead often choosing to focus primarily on the population 65 years and over. However, engaging with patients in the 19- to 64-year-old group could go a long way in helping to fill the current immunization void in this population.
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The study evaluated the safety and efficacy of a live, attenuated zoster vaccine patients receiving tumor necrosis factor inhibitor therapies for various indications.
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Community pharmacies that provide immunization services have proven their success time and again, but they still face roadblocks. Many state laws and regulations still do not allow pharmacies to take full responsibility for vaccinations, and states regulate immunization services at pharmacies in different ways.
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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.