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Self-vaccination; Alcohol Awareness Month; 10th birthday for ACA health insurance – Morning Medical Update


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The nose knows for flu vaccines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve self-administration for AstraZeneca’s nasal influenza vaccine for people aged 18 years or older to give themselves or eligible patients aged 2 to 49 years. Ravi Jhaveri, MD, an infectious disease expert and professor of pediatrics, shares his thoughts about how this could affect patients and primary care physicians.

Resources on alcohol use

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, so the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has published this resource website with information for physicians and patients to learn about treatment options, recovery resources, and more.

10 years of ACA marketplaces

March 2024 marked the 10th anniversary of Affordable Care Act health insurance available through and the state-based marketplaces. In case you missed it, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published another news release explaining how more than 21 million people selected or were automatically re-enrolled in health insurance.

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