U.S. Pharmacist Vaccine Update
March 7, 2019

Despite Low Effectiveness,
Flu Vaccine Still Reduces
Disease Severity 

When urging flu vaccination, pharmacists might remind skeptics that, even if the vaccine has low effectiveness against some influenza strains, it is extremely successful at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death in patients with the infection. A new CDC report details just how effective. Read more.


Antivirals, Vaccine Don’t Decrease Stroke Risk After Shingles Infection
When it comes to stroke risk, vaccinating patients against shingles after they contract the infection is too late. That’s according to a new study finding that antivirals and the live zoster vaccine weren’t protective against stroke risk, which remained elevated for 6 months following the illness. Here is more information.

PCV13 Vaccination Reduces Otitis Media in Young Children
More than three-quarters of children will have had otitis media at least once by the time they start school. An important study in Clinical Infectious Diseases analyzes the effect of a 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) on the occurrence of first and subsequent otitis media episodes in early childhood. Read more.

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