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By Joshua Eaton and Rachana Pradhan, Kaiser Health News Two national pharmacy chains that the federal government entrusted to inoculate people against covid-19 account for the lion’s share of wasted vaccine doses, according to government data obtained by KHN. The Centers for Disease Control and…
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By Laura Ungar, Kaiser Health News Mary Ann Steiner drove 2½ hours from her home in the St. Louis suburb of University City to the tiny Ozark town of Centerville, Missouri, to get vaccinated against covid-19. After pulling into the drive-thru line in a church parking lot, she noticed that the…
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New York City pharmacist Ambar Keluskar, PharmD, was profiled in The New York Times this week for a timely, unique type of pandemic outreach—holding pop-up vaccination events for vulnerable older adults at affordable housing facilities. Supervisor of the independent Rossi Pharmacy in Brooklyn, Dr…
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By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News Opening another front in the nation’s response to the pandemic, medical centers and other health organizations have begun sending doctors and nurses to apartment buildings and private homes to vaccinate homebound seniors. Boston Medical Center, which runs the…
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By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Kaiser Health News Torey Watson is trained as a pharmacist but aims to do more than simply fill prescriptions. Pharmax Pharmacy — a small drugstore chain where Watson works as a clinical services coordinator, about an hour and 30 minutes southwest of St. Louis — will…
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By Arthur Allen and Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News The Food and Drug Administration is weighing whether to follow British regulators in resuming a coronavirus vaccine trial that was halted when a participant suffered spinal cord damage, even as the National Institutes of Health has launched an…
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By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Kaiser Health News Dr. Chris Kjolhede is focused on the children of central New York. As co-director of school-based health centers at Bassett Healthcare Network, the pediatrician oversees about 21 school-based health clinics across the region — a poor, rural area …
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By Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News Millions of Americans are counting on a COVID-19 vaccine to curb the global pandemic and return life to normal. While one or more options could be available toward the end of this year or early next, the path to delivering vaccines to 330 million people remains…
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Influenza vaccine reminders sent to patients through a health care system’s electronic health record patient portal had a small but statistically significant effect on increasing vaccination rates compared with no influenza vaccine reminders, according to a study published online in JAMA Internal…
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According to results published in a recent issue of Journal of Infectious Diseases, hospitalization due to influenza is linked with a greater probability of readmission within 30 days and 1 year most commonly as a result of cardiovascular, respiratory, and infectious processes. Researchers…
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