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Influenza cases hit a record low in 2020, according to CDC data. Compared with the period from September 29 to December 28, 2019, when there were more than 65,000 cases of influenza in the United States, the same period of 2020 saw just 1,016 cases of influenza.

Pharmacists should be making every effort to ensure patients receive two doses of Shingrix within the recommended 2- to 6-month interval to prevent shingles and its complications in adults aged 50 years and older.

State and federal officials are turning to regional pharmacies, as well as pharmacies located within supermarkets, to help accelerate the nation's COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

A model developed by CDC researchers estimates that 59% of coronavirus cases in the United States are spread by asymptomatic carriers. Transmissions from individuals who have not yet begun to exhibit signs of infection account for 35% of that total, while transmissions from people who never develop symptoms make up the other 24%.

In order to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to more people more quickly, the Trump administration intends to expedite rollout of its immunization partnership with pharmacies. The logic behind the concept is that getting vaccinated at a local pharmacy will be more accessible and efficient for many Americans than going to a hospital.

With the COVID-19 immunization campaign moving much more slowly than anticipated, vaccine makers and federal officials are under pressure to do more with the supply on hand. Potential solutions include potentially cutting doses of the Moderna vaccine in half and using more efficient syringes to squeeze more doses from vials of the Pfizer vaccine.

The American Heart Association (AHA) released new guidelines for CPR that are specific to adult, pediatric, and neonatal resuscitation. The guidelines include 491 recommendations, with important updates on what to do in opioid-related emergencies and new standards for CPR in children, among others.

CDC announced new guidance on January 2 for individuals with underlying health conditions who will be receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Haven Health—a health care collaboration launched by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase in 2018—will be dismantled next month. The partners had hoped to revolutionize the U.S. health care system, achieving significantly lower costs for their employees in the process.

U.S. scientists are considering alternative strategies to achieve widespread COVID-19 vaccination with limited supplies, as initial efforts have left far fewer Americans protected at this point than anticipated.