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CDC: Those with disabilities have a tougher time getting COVID-19 vaccines

A new CDC study reveals that Americans with a disability were more likely to seek COVID-19 vaccines, but had more challenges obtaining them compared with other people.

ISMP cautions pharmacists about flu and COVID-19 vaccine mix-ups after cases reported

ISMP has reported multiple mix-ups between the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccines since the former became available in September. All the mishaps happened in community and ambulatory care pharmacies, according to ISMP.

Federal government makes two announcements with major pharmacy implications in 24 hours

September 9, 2021, was a busy day for the federal government and pharmacy stakeholders alike: Just a few hours apart, we saw significant developments in pharmacists’ COVID-19 pandemic practice authorities and prescription drug pricing. Both items yielded positive news for pharmacists and their patients.

CDC releases guidance on caring for ‘COVID long-haulers’

Thousands of patients have reported experiencing a wide range of physical and mental health consequences that persist after a COVID-19 infection. Patients with post-COVID-19 conditions, sometimes referred to as “COVID long-haulers,” often experience issues four or more weeks after being infected with the virus. Many of these patients routinely seek medical treatment for relief of their symptoms.

What might this flu season have in store?

Influenza cases and deaths in the United States and worldwide dropped to unprecedented lows between October 3, 2020, and July 24, 2021, according to CDC data. In a typical season, 75 to 150 children die of influenza in the United States, noted pediatric infectious disease specialist Paul Offit, MD, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in a recent JAMA Network article. Last influenza season, he said, one child was reported to have died.

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