CDC Releases 2019-20 Flu Vaccine Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its influenza vaccine recommendations last month in the August 23 edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. This report reviews information about the upcoming influenza season, including: Outlining the available influenza vaccine products (Inactivated, recombinant, dosages, etc.) Changes and updates from the 2018-2019 seasons Specific group recommendations […]

CNN Story Highlights Flu-Shot Importance, Barriers in State Laws

“There’s no medical reason children shouldn’t get flu shots at a pharmacy.”  That is how a pediatric infectious disease specialist was paraphrased in a CNN online story published this week. The article describes one family’s heart-breaking story, and describes barriers in state laws that prevent even more widespread reliance on the accessibility of pharmacies.  As stated […]

Think Tank Concludes Pharmacists Should Have Full Immunization Authority

A new report published in April supports pharmacists having full authority to provide vaccinations.  Think tank Pacific Research Institute published their report, “Promoting Access and Lowering Costs in Health Care: The Case of Empowering Pharmacists to Increase Adult Vaccination Rates,” and concluded that pharmacist-provided immunizations are both cost-effective and valuable, but also identified current barriers […]

ACIP Releases 2018 Immunization Schedules

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has issued the 2018 immunization schedule for children and adolescents and adults.  According to the CDC, changes in the pediatric schedule include recommendations for poliovirus, influenza, and measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines, and clarification of the recommendations for rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines.  Changes in the adult schedule […]

PSW Awarded Investment to Improve Immunization Access in Wisconsin

The Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW), along with the Medical College of Wisconsin, was recently awarded an investment from the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment to expand access to immunizations in Wisconsin.  During the 30-month project, PSW’s Wisconsin Pharmacy Foundation and the MCW’s Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy will work to increase the number […]

Project Highlights Pharmacists’ Key Role in Resolving Vaccination Needs

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation recently announced the results from their pilot project on pharmacists’ role in resolving vaccination needs.  Project IMPACT Immunizations found that “adult vaccination needs are better addressed when pharmacists have bi-directional access to immunization information systems (IIS) data that enables them to conduct comprehensive vaccination history reviews at the point-of-care,” […]