U.S. Pharmacist eNewsletter
December 2021

Separately Administered Influenza and Herpes Zoster Vaccines May
Improve Adherence

According to the Immunization Action Coalition, there is no limit to the number of vaccines that can be administered during a single healthcare visit, and vaccines should not be deferred when multiple immunizations are needed. Yet, others have called into question the practice of giving multiple vaccines at the same time due to safety concerns. Read more.


AAP Recommendations for Preventing and Controlling Flu in Children 
Children experience a higher rate of adverse outcomes from influenza than the general population. While hospitalization rates for pediatric patients during the 2019-2020 influenza season were low, there were still 199 influenza-related deaths in this age group, with the median age of death 6.1 years. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides recommendations for the prevention and control of influenza in children. Read more.

Repurposing Dextromethorphan for Influenza Management
Drug repurposing refers to finding new uses for older medications that are currently on the market and approved for other indications. Dextromethorphan has been observed to have antiviral activity, and interest has grown in evaluating this medication for repurposing in the management of influenza, which kills about 36,000 people in the United States yearly. Read more.

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