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Recommendations from our experts for your immunization practice.

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General Recommendations

Jan 24, 2012

All health care workers, including those not involved in direct patient care, are responsible for receiving all recommended vaccines.

Feb 01, 2011

Revised ACIP General Recommendations on Immunization provide advice on aspiration and a range of other topics.

Mar 17, 2011

Should AIDS patients be given flu shots? What are the storage requirements for the shingles vaccine? APhA Liaison Representative to ACIP answers these and other questions.

Jan 30, 2013

Although small improvements were seen for Tdap and HPV vaccine coverage from 2010 to 2011, the number of U.S. adults getting recommended vaccines remains well below optimal levels.

Feb 15, 2013

Experts examine cases of serious shoulder injuries resulting from incorrect technique and provide step-by-step guide to proper administration of intramuscular injection.

Jul 09, 2013

APhA Chief Strategy Officer Mitchel Rothholz provides overview of profession’s immunization activities to ACIP.

Dec 03, 2013

APhA-compiled chart lists commonly administered vaccines and information regarding their preparation.

Nov 01, 2014

Move is part of bigger push to align pharmacists with team-based care

ACIP Updates

Nov 10, 2011

Insider info on recommendation to immunize males aged 11–12 years with HPV4 vaccine; other topics included hepatitis B vaccination in patients with diabetes and meningococcal vaccine.

Nov 02, 2010

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) met in Atlanta, GA, on October 27–28, 2010. Complete minutes of the meeting will be published on the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) website (

Mar 07, 2011

Pertussis vaccine, current influenza activity, and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in adults among issues discussed by committee.

Jun 26, 2013

Committee addresses issues surrounding Japanese encephalitis, pertussis, and rotavirus vaccines, among others.

Mar 22, 2013

Committee discusses issues surrounding pneumococcal, Japanese encephalitis, and many other vaccines.

Nov 06, 2013

Committee discusses issues surrounding influenza, meningococcal, pneumococcal, and human papillomavirus vaccines, among others.

Dec 01, 2013

Immunization Update

Jul 07, 2014

Committee discusses intranasal influenza vaccine preference in children, supplemental pneumococcal conjugate vaccine dose for older adults, and more


Aug 26, 2011

Experts provide overview of Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS), review GBS risk among influenza vaccines, and review immunization recommendations for patients’ with GBS.

Dec 07, 2011

Although variables make the measurement of effectiveness difficult to interpret, morbid obesity is a high-risk indication for which influenza is particularly needed.

Sep 28, 2009

None of the currently approved formulations are adjuvanted.

Apr 08, 2010

ACIP recommendations provide valuable guidance on use and monitoring of antiviral agents for treatment and prevention of influenza.

Aug 02, 2010

Ask the Experts: High-dose influenza vaccination in the elderly

Jan 11, 2013

Although not perfect, the influenza vaccine remains the best tool to protect against the virus.

Jan 14, 2013

As Governor Cuomo declares disaster emergency, New York pharmacies struggle to meet increased demand for flu vaccine.

Jan 25, 2013

About one-quarter of more than 2,400 U.S. physicians report encountering more patients with influenza at this point in the season than ever before in their careers.

Mar 02, 2013

CDC reports a vaccine effectiveness of only 27% among individuals 65 years or older for the 2012–13 influenza vaccine.

Mar 27, 2013

Allergic reaction to egg can be severe; therefore, understanding the current recommendations and concerns for influenza vaccination in patients with egg allergy is important.

Jan 17, 2013

The 2012–13 started early and is hitting hard; stay current on the latest information.

Jan 14, 2014

CDC reports that circulation of H1N1 is the highest it's been since the 2009 pandemic.


Dec 07, 2010

Learn the optimal schedule for administering the 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine.

Oct 25, 2010

Learn about the concurrent administration of the zoster and pneumococcal vaccines.

Mar 23, 2011

Although PPSV23 is not a perfect vaccine, it still reduces illness and death from pneumococcal disease.

Oct 11, 2012

Pharmacists may be called upon to help primary care providers navigate difficult dosing guidelines for PCV13 and PPSV23.

Hepatitis A and B

Dec 03, 2010

Rules for postvaccination testing following hepatitis B vaccination of health care workers.

Aug 01, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have identified high-risk populations for which vaccination is recommended: intravenous drug users, individuals engaging in high-risk sexual behavior, patients in long-term care facilities, and patients with chronic liver disease, with HIV infection, or who receive hemodialysis.

Herpes Zoster and Varicella

Mar 22, 2012

In what region of the arm should this subcutaneous injection be administered?

Pediatric and Adolescent

Jul 07, 2011

Recommendations for herpes zoster vaccine remain the same; other ACIP recommendations provided

Jun 06, 2011

The documented benefits of RotaTeq and Rotarix outweigh the suggested increased risk for intussusception or any other potential risks

Sep 29, 2011

ACIP does not recommend antipyretics before or at the time of vaccination, but they can be used to treat fever and local discomfort following vaccination.

Dec 16, 2011

Question for our experts on reasons for/against pretreatment with acetaminophen (APAP) for infant vaccines.


Oct 13, 2011

Pharmacists should consider several options for treating patients traveling to malarious areas.