June 2019

How Pharmacists Can Help Fight Large Measles Outbreaks
Reports of measles outbreaks seem to be in the news every day, with the CDC saying that this year the number of cases is the highest since measles was reportedly eliminated nearly 20 years ago. Pharmacists in the community can help the situation by recommending and administering appropriate MMR vaccines.  Here are more details.


Recombinant Zoster Vaccine Deemed More Effective in Preventing Shingles
While the new adjuvanted recombinant zoster vaccine might cause more injection-site and systemic reactions than the older shingles vaccine, it also is much more effective in prevent herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia in the older adults receiving it. That’s according to a new meta-analysis. Here are more details.

Race, Ethnicity Affect Flu Vaccine Use by Pregnant Women
Influenza can be dangerous in pregnant women, leading to public health calls to increase vaccination rates. A new study finds, however, that among the barriers to immunization for some expectant mothers are race and ethnicity. Find out how much those factors affect the percentage of pregnant women being vaccinated against the flu.

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