ACIP Updates Influenza Vaccine Guidelines for Seniors

ACIP Updates Influenza Vaccine Guidelines for Seniors

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new updates for influenza vaccines for 2020–2021 “flu season,” primarily for Fluzone and Fluad vaccines. In November 2019, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensed inactivated injectable Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent (HD-IIV4) for use in persons aged […]

Virginia Health Commissioner Wants to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine

Virginia Health Commissioner Wants to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine

Virginia’s Commissioner of Health Dr. Norman Oliver, MD said on Aug. 21, 2020 that he intends to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all residents of Virginia as soon as a vaccine is available. “[Coronavirus] is killing people now, we don’t have a treatment for it and if we develop a vaccine that can prevent it from […]

Pharmacists, Pharmacy Interns Given Green Light to Vaccinate Children

Pharmacists, Pharmacy Interns Given Green Light to Vaccinate Children

Under an amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP), pharmacists and pharmacy interns in the United States are now permitted to administer vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to children over three years of age.1 Currently, there are 28 states that allow pharmacists to administer vaccinations to […]

2005 PREP Act and 1986 Act Shield Vaccine Manufacturers from Liability

2005 PREP Act and 1986 Act Shield Vaccine Manufacturers from Liability

Story Highlights Most countries that have supply contracts with AstraZeneca have granted the drug company liability protection for their COVID-19 vaccine. In the U.S., vaccine manufacturers and administrators are shielded from liability under the PREP Act of 2005 for a vaccine or drug that is developed in response to a declared public health emergency, including […]

American Cancer Society Tells Doctors to Give Nine-Year-Old Children HPV Vaccine

American Cancer Society Tells Doctors to Give Nine-Year-Old Children HPV Vaccine

The American Cancer Society (ACS) updated its guidelines for human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination on July 8, 2020 and now recommends that doctors and other healthcare providers routinely administer the two-dose HPV vaccination series to boys and girls between the ages of nine and 10.1 Currently, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends […]

Tracking Vaccination Status by Phone is Now Active

Tracking Vaccination Status by Phone is Now Active

Opinion | You may soon be living in a world where your personal health data—including results from COVID-19 testing and data proving whether or not you’ve received certain vaccines—must be shared and authenticated before you’re able to enter a sports arena, travel by air or even enter your workplace. The technology behind such innovations, which […]

Virginia Legislature Gives CDC, Board of Health Power to Mandate Vaccines for School Children

Virginia Legislature Gives CDC, Board of Health Power to Mandate Vaccines for School Children

In the 2020 Legislative session, the Virginia Legislature passed H.B.1090, a bill that amended a law requiring children attending public and private schools in the state to receive vaccines (§ 32.1-46. Immunization of patients against certain diseases).1 Virginia Delegate Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) was the lead sponsor of H.B. 1090 introduced on Jan. 8, 2020, which […]

Is a Bill Requiring Your Children to Get Every CDC Recommended Vaccination Coming to Your State?

Is a Bill Requiring Your Children to Get Every CDC Recommended Vaccination Coming to Your State?

As vaccine-related bills are being introduced into state legislatures this month, a bill (HB1090) has been proposed in the Virginia legislature to require school children to receive every dose of all current and future vaccines added to the recommended childhood vaccine schedule by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) appointed by the U.S. Centers […]

Quest for Universal Flu Vaccine Boosted by $200M NIH Grant to University of Maryland

Quest for Universal Flu Vaccine Boosted by $200M NIH Grant to University of Maryland

Story Highlights National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded the University of Maryland a contract for more than $200 million to develop a universal influenza vaccine. Currently, the influenza vaccine used around the world is developed every year by drug companies based on the “best guesses” made by public health officials at the World Health […]

Silent Carriers of Measles Are Never Diagnosed or Reported

Silent Carriers of Measles Are Never Diagnosed or Reported

Story Highlights The elimination of religious exemptions to vaccination in some states like New York are forcing parents to make the untenable choice between violating their deeply held religious or spiritual beliefs or uprooting their lives and either homeschooling their children or moving to another state. With the focus on a number of measles cases […]