Rachael Zimlich is a freelance writer in Cleveland, Ohio. She writes regularly for Contemporary Pediatrics, Managed Healthcare Executive, and Medical Economics.
Fighting flu vaccine misconceptions
A new poll suggests that misconceptions about the flu vaccine are at a three-year high, despite the fact that more patients seem to be receiving the vaccine. Find out what physicians can do to clear the air.
Are automated prior authorizations on the horizon?
Stakeholders are working to automate the prior authorization process, pending the release of standards from CMS.
Physician practices on front lines of coronavirus fight
As the battle against the COVID-19 virus rages on, physicians and other healthcare workers may feel as though they are fighting alone. But help is available.
Influenza B leading the charge in 2020 flu season
Public health officials are hopeful a record number of flu vaccines can help stave off epidemic levels.
Researchers look to antibodies to improve flu vaccines
Antibodies that were previously overlooked may hold the key to a better flu vaccine.
Can a keto diet help fight the flu?
New research shows that a ketogenic diet may help activate new immune responses that can help fight influenza A.
Developing a better flu vaccine: Georgia researchers secure $130 million research grant
University of Georgia researchers secured a multi-million grant to create a better flu vaccine.
Language and cultural difference a barrier to flu shot compliance in minority populations
Spanish-speaking patients who refuse vaccines aren’t always getting the right message, according to a new report.
Can presidential promotion boost flu vaccination rates?
President Donald Trump offered his support for flu vaccines and promised to promote additional research on seasonal flu, but will it help?
Flu season 2019: How bad will it be?
Experts say it’s too early to predict the severity of the flu season, or how effective the vaccine will be
Flu vaccination has extended benefits for older patients
The flu vaccine can help protect against more than just the flu. A new study reveals extended benefits, especially for the elderly.
Researchers eye vaccination for cats that could alleviate human allergies
For people who love cats but are allergic to them, relief may be on the horizon-and cats, rather than humans, would be the ones to be vaccinated.
Societal determinants of HPV vaccination highlighted as regulators expand age recommendation to 45
A new study investigates what societal factors influence HPV vaccination as age recommendation for vaccine expands.
Some flu shot shipments will be delayed
Flu vaccines manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur will be delayed a few weeks, but should still arrive in time to provide protection for the season.
Adults seem to fear vaccines more than the disease
A small study polling patients on vaccine refusal reasons at a small travel clinic reveals that patients were more worried about what they perceived as vaccine risks rather than diseases themselves, even after education was provided.
Is vaccination compliance related to sexual orientation?
Researchers for the first time have investigated whether there is a link between sexual orientation and vaccination status, and the answer is … sometimes.
What flu vaccines should your practice use?
There are a lot of options when it comes to flu vaccines, and now is the time to start thinking about-and better understanding-the differences
How to make vaccinations work for your practice
Vaccines can sometimes be a drain on practices. Mistakes in ordering, storing, or billing for vaccines can lead to losses. Here’s how to avoid these traps.
Time spent on vaccine education a huge factor in cost
Physicians can spend a lot of time teaching clients about vaccines, and there is a lot to be lost when educating patients who don’t need or aren’t interested in receiving vaccines.
Improving vaccination rates for patients with mental illness
How partnering community programs with medical care may be the key to improving vaccination rates in patients with mental illness.
Are conditional vaccine recommendations the future?
More than ever, vaccine recommendations are coming with caveats. As vaccines become more targeted, how will this impact the future of recommendations for clinicians?
Universal meningococcal B vaccines not cost-effective
While many meningococcal B vaccines strike college campuses, the threat of the disease is too low and the cost of the vaccine too high to warrant universal vaccination, according to a new report.
Physician perceptions a major barrier to adult vaccination
A new report reveals physicians have issues they need to resolve to move adult immunization forward.
Primary care physicians may be key to improve hepatitis vaccination
A new study reveals that primary care offices are the best place to receive hepatitis vaccines, but more work is needed to improve timing.
Practice-level changes that can alleviate physician burnout
Streamlined administrative tasks, inbox management, and focus on work-life balance can all help reduce physician burnout.
New study: Change message to improve adult vaccination rate
Adult vaccination should be promoted as a way to improve health, rather than just avoid disease, according to a new report
Measles outbreak: Do adults need a booster?
CDC has issued a statement to put to rest the question of whether adults need a booster for measles protection
Get ready for questions on measles booster
Mainstream media is raising the alarm on measles and posing a question about vaccine boosters. Are you ready to answer your patients’ questions?
ACIP updates vaccine recommendations, AAFP mailing support materials
The AAFP is mailing out new vaccine tables to help both clinicians and their patients understand the newest recommendations.
Do you suffer from physician burnout? Four ways to gauge your well-being
Reflect on these elements of burnout and see if you can relate.
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