Business leaders should promote the new booster shots

A senior manager receives a vaccine Getty Images Business leaders should take the lead in promoting the recently updated Omicron-specific booster vaccines. This will help reduce the number of sick days taken by their workers, minimize COVID outbreaks and over-spread events in their companies, reduce employee fears about returning to the office, and position executives … Read more

What is the role of adenoviruses in human health?

With advances in molecular biology informing recent developments in vaccinology, gene therapy and other areas of medicine, human adenoviruses (HAdV) are of paramount importance in medical research. A recent review in Trends in Molecular Medicine examines the promise of HAdV, their potential dangers and future challenges. Study: Adenoviruses in medicine: harmless pathogen, predator or partner. … Read more

Did active surveillance detect a potentially increased risk of health outcomes after BNT162b2 vaccination against COVID-19 in the US pediatric population aged 5-17 years?

In a recent study published in bioRxiv* server, researchers used a near-real-time monitoring framework for early detection of potential safety signals after administration of the BNT162b2 vaccine in more than three million United States (US) children aged five to 17 years. They conducted this study as part of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) … Read more

The public health impact of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron subvariant BA.5 versus BA.2 in Denmark

In a recent study published in The Lancet infectious diseasesresearchers conducted a nationwide study in Denmark to assess the public health impact of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Omicron subvariant BA.5 versus BA.2. Study: Risk of re-infection, vaccine protection and burden of infection with the BA.5 omicron subvariant: a nationwide population-based study in … Read more

Health technology enables millions to ‘age in place’

“Aging in place” refers to individuals who age in their own homes rather than moving into nursing homes or other types of care facilities. This is certainly not new, conceptually—for centuries, many cultures around the world have celebrated the retirement of the elderly and happily embraced the practice of elder care. What is relatively new, … Read more

Mass General Brigham Mobile Health Services Improved Access to COVID-19 Services for Underserved Populations

Two new papers from Mass General Brigham demonstrate the effectiveness of delivering COVID-19 healthcare services where people need them most. In early May 2021, a team from Mass General Brigham began providing COVID vaccinations to an underserved population living in the greater Boston area by sending mobile health units to 12 predominantly low-income and racial/ethnic … Read more

Expanding public health outreach to support influenza immunization rates

Mitchell Rotholz, RPh, MBA: Randy, you have done a lot of work with the local health department. Do you have any advice for the audience on how to approach this? Randy McDonough, PharmD, MS, BCGP, BCPS, FAPhA: I tell people they need to know you’re there, what you’re willing to do, and that you want … Read more

Tulsa, Osage County Health Departments offer flu shots by appointment

The Tulsa Health Department is now offering seasonal flu vaccinations by appointment at four locations in the Tulsa area, including Sand Springs Health Center. New this year is a high-dose vaccine that is recommended for everyone age 65 and older. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months. Health officials … Read more

The best scientific guidelines lost the battle at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

In a recent study published in Scientific progressresearchers used a mathematical model to describe how the general public deviated from the best scientific guidance at the start of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Study: Losing the battle for best scientific guidance at the onset of a crisis: COVID-19 and beyond. Image credit: View Apart/Shutterstock … Read more

Health technology enables millions to ‘age in place’

“Aging in place” refers to individuals who age in their own homes rather than moving into nursing homes or other types of care facilities. This is certainly not new, conceptually—for centuries, many cultures around the world have celebrated the retirement of the elderly and happily embraced the practice of elder care. What is relatively new, … Read more